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Lunch Break Science: First Human Spaceflight

Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Three weeks before Alan Shepard became the first American in space, and more than ten months before John Glenn became the first American to orbit the planet, the USSR launched Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin aboard the Vostok 1, successfully putting the first human being into space on April 12, 1961.

As Gagarin rocketed into space, he remarked “poyekhali!,” a Russian word, meaning “let’s go!” Throughout Eastern Europe this informal phrase would become a popular reference to the beginning of the Space Age. Gagarin travelled once around the Earth before reentering the atmosphere and returning home, a trip that lasted around 108 minutes. This year marks the 60th anniversary of that historic journey. Join us for a LIVE virtual presentation to learn the remarkable story of the first Cosmonaut and his historic flight.

  • What: “Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1, and the First Human Spaceflight," presented by Ian Gill, Assistant Manager, Guest Operations and Inspiration, Science Museum of Virginia
  • When: Wednesday, April 7, 12 - 12:45 pm
  • Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home

How to Attend

This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 am on the day of the event.

You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 am on the day of the event.

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