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№ 2084. April 12, 2016 - 55 years of the first manned flight into space

12.04.2016

[Художник-дизайнер] – Moscovets A.

[Фото] – Smirnov V.

April 12, 2016 - 55 years of the first manned flight into space

 

2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space, a remarkable date for the Russian cosmonautics.

On 12 April 1961, the Soviet space pilot Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin became the first man in the world to perform a flight into space. Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth for 1 hour 48 minutes in the Vostok orbital spaceship and safely returned home.

Yuri Gagarin was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and 12 April started being celebrated as the World Aviation and Astronautics Day.

The name of the Earth’s first cosmonaut is given to a city of Gagarin (former Gzhatsk), a crater on the far side of the Moon, asteroid 1772, FAI Gold Medal (awarded since 1968) and a square in Moscow. There are streets, avenues, squares, boulevards, parks, clubs and schools named after Gagarin in many Russian cities.

The 2009 postage stamp “the 75th Birth Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin” has an overprint of the new face of 31 RUB, and the stamp sheet margins feature the following text: “12 April 2016 — the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space”.

Printing method Paper Color Perforation Format Circulation
Offset (stamp) + screen printing (overlay) Coated Multicolor (stamp) + silver paste (overlay) Comb 12:12 ½ 30х42 125000

Sheet

FDC:
75 years of the birth of Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut
Special cancellation marks:
12th of April. Cosmonautics Day. Izhevsk
12th of April. Cosmonautics Day. Chelyabinsk
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Smolensk
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Novosibirsk
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Krasnoyarsk
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Engels Saratov region
55 years of human flight into space. ISS Russian Segment. Moscow
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Moscow
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Kaluga
55 years of human flight into space. Krasnodar
55 years of human flight into space. Sochi Krasnodar region
55 years of the first manned flight into space. Moscow
Postal cards:
April 12, 2016 - 55 years of the first manned flight into space
Souvenir packs in cover:
April 12, 2016 - 55 years of the first manned flight into space

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