Roscosmos cosmonauts, Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, Oleg Novitsky, and Pyotr Dubrov, who are onboard the International Space Station (ISS), congratulated everyone on the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space, the state space corporation’s press service reports.
On April 12, the world celebrates Cosmonautics Day. In 2021, it is 60 years since the ‘Vostok’ launch vehicle launched the “Vostok-1” spacecraft into orbit, with the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board. He became the first person to travel to space. “Vostok-1” made one orbit around the Earth and Gagarin returned to Earth on the same day.
“Our scientists-designers demonstrated the indisputable superiority of domestic technologies that time and made us the first space power, and the legendary 108 minutes of Gagarin’s flight became an example of heroism for his followers,” Oleg Novitsky noted.
In turn, Pyotr Dubrov expressed gratitude to everyone who devoted their lives to the study of the universe, to everyone who worked and continues to work advancing humanity further and further in the study of space.
The Anthem of Russian Cosmonautics
One of the most famous Russian songs which is being always associated with space is “Grass Near the House” performed by Zemlyane (“Earthlings”) group. For a long time, it is this song that has invariably been on before each launch of Russian spacecraft, when a crew leaves a hotel to the bus, which then takes them to the launch site of a cosmodrome.
In 2009, by the decision of Roskosmos, the song was given the official public status of the Anthem of Russian Cosmonautics. In 2012, 30 years after the first performance, the official video clip for this song from its main performer, vocalist Sergey Skachkov and musicians of the Zemlyane group was filmed and appeared on the air of music TV channels.