Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cosmonaut's Day

Saturday was Cosmonaut Day in Russia. The day commemorates the flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly into space, in 1961. The event was marked on the International Space Station by South Korea's first astronaut Yi So-Yeon with a song and a "traditional" meal of Korean dishes adapted for space flight. One of Yi's fellow station residents is cosmonaut Sergei Volkov - who is the first son of an astronaut to go into space. Meanwhile in Moscow, government officials laid flowers at Gagarin's tomb in Red Square.

Gagarin died in a training accident in 1968 as he prepared to return to space.
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