Celebrating 40 years of Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin – 1934 – 68


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In a visit to Star City, the cosmonaut training facility north of Moscow, Putin said support for the space program was vital because it is “the locomotive that will pull forward all other industry spheres,” the Interfax news agency reported.

Putin lay flowers at the Gagarin monument in Star City and met with Gagarin’s widow, Valentina, and the couple’s daughters Yelena and Galina. Gagarin died in the 1968 crash of a fighter jet he was piloting on a test flight.

Top space officials laid a wreath and red carnations at Gagarin’s grave in the wall of the Kremlin. Similar ceremonies took place across Russia, where many towns have their own Gagarin monuments.

Russia is also marking the Gagarin anniversary by holding an international conference on banning space-based weapons and encouraging cooperation in space.

Putin emphasized that theme in his remarks at Star City. “They say today that (Gagarin’s flight) was our national triumph, but all in all it was an important step forward for all of humanity,” he said.

Below are some cover celebrating Yuri Gagarin








You can cut and paste or print this cachet design for the 40th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight, which you might care to use to mail a cover to yourself or a friend.

The design is by the Editor’s wife Eve Archer.

A.G. Bradbury has produce this Gagarin cover in a limited edition of 250 with a special Yuri Gagarin postmark at Leicester – home of the National Space Centre – a major millennium attraction.

Largely due to the efforts of our own Bob Taylor, this mainly blue cover bearing a 2000 Millennium astronomy stamp as illustrated above (reduced in size) is to be produced on 12.04.01 at a cost of £12.50.

Write to: A.G. Bradbury, 3 Link Road, Stoneygate, Leicester LE2 3RA with your cheque or tel: 0116 2705367. Please mention that you saw this through the ASSS.

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