International Day of Human Space Flight, 12 April

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In 2011, the General Assembly, recognising the 50th anniversary of the first ever human spaceflight, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight. The resolution, A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, called it a day "to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes."

It was on 12 April 1961 that Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, carried out the first human space flight, an historic event paving the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.

Messages from space explorers

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Each year, on the International Day of Human Space Flight, UNOOSA releases an update to the compilation of Messages from Space Explorers.

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United Nations commemoration

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Read Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message on the International Day of Human Space Flight, New York, 12 April 2012 and more about the UN honoring the fiftieth anniversary of human space flight.

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