2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space, a remarkable date for the Russian cosmonautics. To commemorate this occasion
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate this historically meaningful stamp. The stamp celebrates 75 years of the birth of Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, whereas First Day Cover has an inscription “55 years of the first manned flight into space”.
On 12 April 1961, the Soviet space pilot Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin became the first man in the world to perform a flight into space. Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth for 1 hour 48 minutes in the Vostokorbital spaceship and safely returned home.
Yuri Gagarin was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and 12 April started being celebrated as the World Aviation and Astronautics Day.
The name of the Earth’s first cosmonaut is given to a city of Gagarin (former Gzhatsk), a crater on the far side of the Moon, asteroid 1772, FAI Gold Medal (awarded since 1968) and a square in Moscow. There are streets, avenues, squares, boulevards, parks, clubs and schools named after Gagarin in many Russian cities.
The 2009 postage stamp “the 75th Birth Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin” has an overprint of the new face of 31 RUB, and the stamp sheet margins feature the following text: “12 April 2016 ‒ the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space”.
Generally First Day cancelled postcards, First Day Covers and stamps canceled on the day of their release acquire additional philatelic value.
And this philatelic issue may be considered to be a real gift for collectors as the experts believe that such a First Day cancelled postcard with a stamp of 2009 will cost US$800-1000.