Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Here is a compilation of photos dedicated to the first man in space – Yuri Gagarin. It’s not a sin to write about heroes the second day running, right? All of them were taken in Moscow and show all the joy and love of Russian people to their hero.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Volkhonka Street. Waiting for the Gagarin’s procession.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Vnukovo airport. Initially nobody was going to make such a great welcome of Gagarin in Moscow. The decision was made by Nikita Khrushchev at the very last moment. Moreover, he ordered to raise the great cosmonaut in rank. So soon after the meeting he became a major.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Lenin avenue. People welcome Gagarin.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Whole Moscow welcomes him. The lessons are canceled at schools and everybody goes outdoors. This was the second time since the Victory Day when Russian people rejoiced so much.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Dimitrov street.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

This is Manezhnaya Square. April 15, 1961. On that day everybody could easily leave their working place and join the demonstration. People were holding posters in their hands. Some of them were humorous and said something like “I’ll be the second”. There was an atmosphere of joy and happiness. People were proud of their Motherland. What is remarkable, there was a great many of foreigners with flowers and postcards with Gagarin on Manezhnaya Square that day.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

And this is the demonstration on Historical avenue on the 12th of April.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Manezhnaya Square. “Moscow – space – Moscow. Hurray!”, “Space is ours”, “We’re the first!”.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

1965. Gagarin, his wife and daughters at the Durov’s corner.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

In 1965 Gagarin was in France. There he visited the Matra company which produced not only rocket and space equipment but also cars. Matra-Bonnet Jet VS turned out to be to the Gagarin’s taste. Having returned home, new Matra of a sky-blue color was waiting for him in the yard of the French Embassy. But this car was used only several times as the Soviet cosmonaut felt ill at ease in such a luxurious car.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

On the 27th of March of 1968 the country missed its two heroes – the first man in space Yuri Gagarin and great pilot of the Soviet Air Force Vladimir Seregin. Moscow is in mourning. Two urns containing the ashes of heroes stand on a pedestal surrounded by flowers. Wreaths are everywhere. Thousands of people came to say goodbye to them on the 30th of March, on the day of the funeral.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

The 30th of March. The Gagarin’s funeral.

Moscow Loves Gagarin

Moscow Loves Gagarin

1980.  Installation of the monument to Yuri Gagarin.

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14 thoughts on “Moscow Loves Gagarin”

  1. Considering that N. Khrushchev was “raised” under Stalinism and was just a Ukrainian peasant, he did a remarkable job in leading the nation in promoting Soviet science to spectacular heights-especially after the Dark Ages of Stalin’s lysenkoism and persecution of Jewish scientists. Khrushchev should also be remembered for allowing Soviet scientists and technology to bloom in the “thaw” of the 1950s.

  2. Hi, would you be so kind and include as well a recent picture of the monument dedicated to Gagarin? Because the last picture shows the monument still under construction, and that I believe makes this celebration of the remembrance of Yuri Gagarin a bit incomplete. Thanks.

  3. “Felt ill at ease in such a luxurious car.”

    No wonder when most people waited years for some box on wheels with engine blown after 100km.

    Believe or not, derived of this sentiment, back here in this strange land, you had to pay serious extra tax to have factory-fitted sun roofs, electric mirrors and even ass warmers in seats.

    Cars were then of course imported without these “bourgeois” equipment.

    I mean think about the sort of people that must´ve been controlling these things…their life´s work used to be those taxes.

  4. well as i heard stories gagarin was sent to crazy nut house beacuse after the flight they asked him if he saw God and he was suppose to say NO (to prove that there is no GOD lives in the universe), but he told his officers that he saw something and thought that it was an angel or something and that the angel told him to say to the people of USSR what he saw and heard, so to the public when he was asked did he seen GOD he said NO, and shortly after he began to have nightmares and later on put in the nut house were he was later died, and USSR leader was afraid of ppl and told them that he died in the airplane crash, who knows go figure

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