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International Day of Human Space Flight

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The UN’s International Day of Human Space Flight is annually held on April 12.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of Human Space FlightEnglish
Día Internacional de los Vuelos Espaciales TripuladosSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של אדם טיסות חללHebrew
اليوم الدولي للطيران الفضائي الإنساArabic
인간의 우주 비행의 국제 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der bemannten RaumfahrtGerman

International Day of Human Space Flight 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

International Day of Human Space Flight 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015
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The United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12 each year. The day remembers the first human space flight on April 12, 1961.

Statue of Yuri Gagarin, the world's first cosmonaut to have travelled in outer space.

©iStockphoto.com/AMilkin

What do people do

The International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates the start of the space era for humankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in today’s world. The day also aims to promote aspirations to explore and maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.

Activities to promote the day have included photo exhibitions, conferences showcasing technology used for outer space, and the release of commemorative stamps.

Public life

The International Day of Human Space Flight is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

April 12, 1961, was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. In 2011 the UN declared April 12 as the “International Day of Human Space Flight” to remember the first human space flight and to promote the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and to the benefit of humankind.

Symbols

Commemorative stamps depicting human space flight have been released on or around the International Day of Human Space Flight in the past. A statue of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first cosmonaut to journey in outer space, is located about 40km (about 25 miles) from Saratov, Russia. It was erected in 1981.

International Day of Human Space Flight Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueApr 122011International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 122012International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 122013International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 122014International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 122015International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 122016International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 122017International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 122018International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 122019International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 122020International Day of Human Space FlightUnited Nations observance 
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