Dear residents of Vologda Region, my congratulations on Aviation and Cosmonautics Day!
On April 12 the world celebrates an Aviation and Cosmonautics Day. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin, a citizen of our country, orbited the Earth onboard “Vostok” spacecraft for the first time in mankind history. The first spaceflight lasted 108 minutes.
All Russians deeply venerate the 12th of April and all the people involved in aerospace industry - the first cosmonauts, designers, engineers and builders of spacecraft. This holiday is a day of science triumph of our country which has opened the era of manned space missions.
Vologda’s residents also made a tangible contribution to aerospace industry development. Our region is proud of Pavel Belyayev, a Vologda-born cosmonaut who flew on the historic Voskhod-2 mission, the Soviet spacecraft that was orbiting the planet on March 18-19, 1965. The spacecraft's crew comprised Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyaev. Belyayev directed Leonov's first-ever space walk. Alexei Leonov spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds floating in space and was the one who climbed out of the spacecraft and into open space for the first time in history.
Many of the inventions of Russian scientists have become part of our daily life, and dozens of spacecraft in orbit make our lives safe, comfortable and diverse. I am sure that there are still many new discoveries ahead of us.