57 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space

"Orbiting Earth in the Spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!" - YURI GAGARIN

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, made history at the age of 27 by completing a single orbit of Earth in approximately 108 minutes. After more than 50 years, Gagarin’s journey is still regarded as a key moment in space history that paved the way for all future space endeavors that followed.

Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration, visit Yuri’s Night Website to check Yuri’s Night events across Africa




New Report: The African space economy is now worth USD 7 billion and is projected to grow at a 7.3% compound annual growth rate to exceed USD 10 billion by 2024. Read the executive summary of the African Space Industry Report - 2019 Edition to learn more about the industry. You can order the report online.



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