Friday, October 22, 2021

Monument dedicated to Yuri Gagarin unveiled in Portugal

The bust of the legendary Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man who traveled to space in 1961, was unveiled in the Oeiras municipality of the Lisbon metropolitan area in Portugal.

The bronze bust, which was placed in the Tagush Park Technopark, was presented to the city by the International Charitable Foundation “Dialogue of Cultures – One World”, while the event was attended by the Russian Ambassador in Portugal.

The bust was installed in honor of the 60th anniversary since Gagarin's flight into space. 

It was on April 12, 1961, 09:07 Moscow time, when the Vostok spacecraft with Yuri Gagarin on board was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. Vostok made one orbit around Earth, staying in space for 1 hour and 48 minutes, before returning safely to Earth. 

Yuri Gagarin's legacy is inextricably linked with the legacy of his socialist motherland, the Soviet Union, which played a leading role in mankind's effort to explore and conquer space.