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Statue of Yuri Gagarin unveiled in London

yruiA statue of the world’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, has been erected in central London, in honour of the 50th anniversary of space flight, according to the Minister of Education and Science, David Willetts. “The statue of Yuri Gagarin is at front of the monument to the famous English navigator James Cook, discoverer of Australia, a land that it could be used as space launch ramp,” said the minister, after signing an agreement in Moscow to celebrate 2011 as the Year Russian British-Space Studies.

The document was signed with the Russian Aerospace Agency, Roskosmos. His boss, Anatoly Perminov, commenting on the idea of erecting a monument to Gagarinin London, said it is a great initiative. It also said the Russian and British sides plan to sign a document on cooperation in the study of space in 2011, as well as perform various joint activities in this area.

On the other hand, London is preparing the project YuriGagarin50. Those in charge of the collected impressions of people who met with Gagarin in 1951 and photos.

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