Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian blogger and photographer Marina was wondering on Yuri Gagarin’s helmet  – why on some photos it has CCCP (USSR) sign on it and some photos show just white helmet with no letters or whatsoever. Was the sign was “photoshopped” later? Were the photos doctored by Russian mass media? She went to the museum to find out the truth and this is what she got!

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

In reality the helmet bears the (CCCP) USSR sign on it. However it was not always there!

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Yuri Gagarin really had no signs on his helmet initially. Even on the day he was planned to go to become the first man in space – he had no red letters CCCP on his helmet.

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

When he went on a bus to board a rocket someone noticed “Look, he doesn’t have anything telling he is from our country!” and then one officer who was on board of the same bus took some marker and wrote USSR by hand on Gagarin’s helmet.

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

So this is how it appeared.

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

And in Museum she saw that helmet, with a handwritten CCCP on it.

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Hope you liked the story! Thanks to Marina, her website is here:

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11 thoughts on “Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery”

        • “IQ test”? Seems you failed.

          –“if you research it and…”. I did. NASA did 6 succesful moon landings, all confirmed by the Soviets. You’re funny.

          And thanks for confirming my point.

  1. You’re more worried about his helmet decals then the overall accomplishment? Really?

    I’ve noticed this site kind of belittles Russia which is a shame.

  2. That is near to the actual happening, but incorrect.
    Yuri did have a blank helmet until the last day. Photographs verify this before (including media poses etc.).
    While dressing up on the last day, someone mentioned that it was easy for someone to mistake the cosmonaut for an American spy (a spy plane had been shot down a year earlier).
    Officials decided to paint the Soviet identification CCCP on Yuri’s helmet. At hand was a support engineer who was also a calligrapher. He painted the letters onto Yuri’s helmet before the launch, and the rest is history.

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