воскресенье, 15 марта 2009 г.
New Russian stamp
Gagarin Yury Alekseevich (1934 - 1968) is the Soviet space pilot. Gagarin became the first-ever person who made flight into space on the space ship-companion "East" on April, 12th, 1961. Gagarin flew around globe during 1 hour and 48 minutes and safely returned on the earth. Y.A.Gagarin's name carries Gagarin city (former Gzhatsk), crater on the Moon underside, asteroid № 1772, gold medal FAI (it is awarded since 1968), square in Moscow. In many cities there are streets, prospectuses, squares, parkways, parks, clubs and schools n.a. Gagarin. Stamp represents earlier not published photo of Jury Alekseevich made on April, 12th, 1961 right after landing of the ship “East”. The photographer is V. Smirnov.
On the 6-th of March Russian post issued a new stamp devoted to the 75-th anniversary of Yury Gagarin's birth. I don't think that there is a need to introduce him. He ws a grwat man, unfortunately died so young! Hopefuly next time I'm visiting the stamp shop, I'll buy this one.