Thursday, April 12, 2012
Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
design & reprint by kalashnikova
1961 - 2011
Although it is not printed on the postcard, (except in Russian on the stamp) this is Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
postmarked in 2011 with four stamps from Russia - two for 10 P of a building, one of a rabbit and one dealing with space for 3.00
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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (March 9, 1934 – March 27, 1968) was a pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human being to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.
Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and honours, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honor. He later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when a MiG 15 training jet he was piloting crashed.