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martpark
15-07-2011, 15:26
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14138879

A statue has been unveiled in London to celebrate the first spaceman - Yuri Gagarin.

The figure, which has been placed just off The Mall, next to Admiralty Arch, features the cosmonaut in his flight suit and standing on a globe.

Gagarin shook the world when it was announced on 12 April 1961 that he had circled the Earth in a spacecraft.

A host of dignitaries were present for the unveiling, including the cosmonaut's daughter, Elena Gagarina.

"The 12th of April 1961 was one of the most remarkable days in history, uniting all people in all countries on all continents," said Gagarina, who is the current director of the Kremlin Museums.

"I express my great gratitude to all Londoners and all the people of the UK," she added just before the unveiling.

Others in attendance included Vladimir Popovkin, the new head of the Russian space agency; and Sergei Krikalev, the most experienced spaceman in history having logged more than 800 days in orbit.

After circling the planet, Gagarin became an international superstar and undertook a world tour.

He was invited to Britain by the National Union of Foundrymen and it was at Admiralty Arch that he met the then Prime Minister Harold MacMillan.

The 3.5m-high (12ft) zinc-alloy figure is a gift from Roscosmos to the British Council, the organisation that represents the UK culturally abroad. The Council has its HQ just metres from the Arch, making the statue's setting doubly significant.

The figure is a copy of one sited in the town of Lubertsy, just outside Moscow, where Gagarin trained as a foundry worker in his mid-teens.



Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth in 108-minute flight on 12 April 1961
Became instant celebrity and toured the world
But he never returned to space, and instead trained Soviet cosmonauts
He died seven years later in a training flight
Watch Gagarin in clips from BBC archives
His London press conference, July 1961
The original was made in 1984 to celebrate what would have been the cosmonaut's 50th birthday - he died in a plane crash aged just 34 years.


Westminster City Council has granted a 12-month licence for the statue and its Portland stone plinth.

It stands facing Captain Cook on the opposite side of The Mall, and close to the statue of Navigation seated in the wall of Admiralty Arch. The pedestal of Captain Cook is inscribed with the words "circumnavigator of the globe".

Roscosmos Popovkin said: "Russians are very proud that [Gagarin] was Russian, but if you look at it more philosophically - he was a delegate from the whole world to space.

"He reminds us how we must be together in the exploration of space."

The statue is part of a series of cultural events to mark the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic flight.

These include an exhibition at the Council's headquarters on the life of the cosmonaut and the early Soviet space programme.

The Queen, who met Gagarin on his world tour in '61, was represented at the statue unveiling by their HRHs Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

martpark
15-07-2011, 15:29
And the tale of a different guy.

http://www.wimp.com/firstman/

robertmf
15-07-2011, 16:14
And the tale of a different guy.

http://www.wimp.com/firstman/

Which reminds me to ask AndreyS if his 'W' particle has been found ...
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What's a statue of Gagarin doing in London ? I don't understand the reasoning.

Is he & his bottle of vodka going to 'get moved' from the Kremlin Wall :question:

martpark
15-07-2011, 16:15
Which reminds me to ask AndreyS if his 'W' particle has been found ...
Weakly interacting massive particles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weakly_interacting_massive_particles)


What's a statue of Gagarin doing in London ? I don't understand the reasoning.

Is he & his bottle of vodka going to 'get moved' from the Kremlin Wall :question:


It was an anniversary thing and he toured Britain and also that's where the British Council HQ is. Perhaps a bit of fence mending was involved.

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 17:44
And the tale of a different guy.

http://www.wimp.com/firstman/

That is absolutely increadible. And I never even heard of him. Thank you for posting this.

martpark
15-07-2011, 18:43
That is absolutely increadible. And I never even heard of him. Thank you for posting this.

I agree. I'd never heard of him either. It's amazing the things we don't know. ;)

robertmf
15-07-2011, 19:59
:12115: Helluva jump, but at 30 km not nearly high enough for him to have been "in space" - that still goes to :drink: Y. Gagarin :drink:

An altitude of 120 km (75 mi) is where atmospheric effects become noticeable during atmospheric reentry of spacecraft. The Kármán line, at 100 km (62 mi), also is often regarded as the boundary between atmosphere and outer space.
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Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 21:24
I agree. I'd never heard of him either. It's amazing the things we don't know. ;)

Why are you winking? I am trying to imagine him actually jumping. And somehow get filled with happiness.

martpark
15-07-2011, 21:32
Why are you winking? I am trying to imagine him actually jumping. And somehow get filled with happiness.

It shouldn't amaze, as individuals we know very little, but sometimes humans kid themselves that they know a lot.

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 21:38
It shouldn't amaze, as individuals we know very little, but sometimes humans kid themselves that they know a lot.

That is disturbing to me. To think that we know so little and have no control at all.

martpark
15-07-2011, 21:44
That is disturbing to me. To think that we know so little and have no control at all.

We have total control over the little we know but that's why there are other people/species to expand our narrow horizons.

TolkoRaz
15-07-2011, 22:08
Am somewhat confused, nothing unusual I know, but why is there a statue of Gagarin on a London street - what is the connection? :confused:

I would have thought that if a statue was to appear in London, it should have been bought by one of many Russian millionaires and erected in their garden! :10310:

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 22:22
We have total control over the little we know but that's why there are other people/species to expand our narrow horizons.

My horizons seem to expand most when I am alone. :confused1:

martpark
15-07-2011, 22:23
Am somewhat confused, nothing unusual I know, but why is there a statue of Gagarin on a London street - what is the connection? :confused:

I would have thought that if a statue was to appear in London, it should have been bought by one of many Russian millionaires and erected in their garden! :10310:

Nobody 'nose'. It's at Admiralty Arch, not really 'on the street'.

Another famous feature of Admiralty Arch is its "nose". On the inside wall of the northernmost arch there is a small protrusion the size and shape of a human nose. There is little or no public information as to why it is there. The nose is at a height of about seven feet, and sits at waist high for anyone riding through the arch on a horse. Tradition holds that the nose is there in honour of the Duke of Wellington, who was known for having a particularly large nose. Royal soldiers would rub Wellington's nose for good luck as they rode through the arch.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Admiralty_Arch_Nose.JPG/800px-Admiralty_Arch_Nose.JPG

TolkoRaz
15-07-2011, 22:36
Its either the Duke of Wellington, or Prince Charles! ;)

martpark
15-07-2011, 22:39
My horizons seem to expand most when I am alone. :confused1:

And how does that happen?

TolkoRaz
15-07-2011, 22:40
Because there is nobody stood infront of her blocking the view! :10310:

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 22:42
Royal soldiers would rub Wellington's nose for good luck as they rode through the arch.



A good example of the 'good luck architecture':)

martpark
15-07-2011, 22:44
A good example of the 'good luck architecture':)

Some thought it was a bit 'cheeky' but we know it isn't.

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 22:46
And how does that happen?

I get easily confused in a group of people. That's all. Solitude on the other hand makes me think.

martpark
15-07-2011, 22:52
I get easily confused in a group of people. That's all. Solitude on the other hand makes me think.

Do the bases for those thoughts come from other people?

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 22:56
Some thought it was a bit 'cheeky' but we know it isn't.

I once was in a cave with a tourist group and there was a very narrow space to go through at one stage. And right in this narrow space was a very beautiful
stalactite. So the tour guide said that it is considered lucky if one goes through this narrow passage without touching this stalactite. Considering the number of tourists going through this place day after day it was quite obvious how the 'lucky' custom orriginated in the fist place.

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 22:58
Do the bases for those thoughts come from other people?

I can see where you are going. You are being so polite. Just say that what I said was stupid. I won't take offense.

martpark
15-07-2011, 23:00
I can see where you are going. You are being so polite. Just say that what I said was stupid. I won't take offense.

Where I am going?

Marie Octobre
15-07-2011, 23:03
Where I am going?

I thought you were trying to make me see that one cannot expand one's horizons on one's own.

martpark
15-07-2011, 23:07
I thought you were trying to make me see that one cannot expand one's horizons on one's own.

Oh,that's right. How did I miss that? :11109:

martpark
16-07-2011, 00:01
Ah, the reason is Gagarin went on his tour of Britain 50 years ago this month. He went to Metro Vicks, where my father worked many years ago. I was told the workers were shocked to see a ZIL parked in the carpark and all went out to have a look.