Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin and the Dawn of Space Exploration
1961: Yuri and the police in London: Gagarin shakes hands with the members of the police motorcycle escort assigned to accompany his car on its travels.
Yuri's Heathrow departure: Gagarin's five-day visit to the UK in 1961 was an unqualified success. On the day that Yuri returned to Moscow, hundreds of thousands of people lined the route from the centre of London to Heathrow Airport.
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A special photo exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall opens to the public, showcasing the life of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The collection tells the story of Gagarin's life – from his birth until his untimely death in 1968.
This intimate exhibition runs at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of their Reflect exhibition series and features a wealth of iconic and previously unseen images from the photographic archives of RIA Novosti. There are three FREE public viewing days - where the collection is open to all:
Saturday 25th June: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Saturday 2nd July: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Sunday 3rd July: 11.00am to 3.00pm
People visiting the Royal Albert Hall for other events between 9th June and 4th July will also be able to view the exhibition.
Gary Evans, Manager of Scientific Relations at Science Photo Library said: “On 12 April 1961, Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the world's first space man. Today, his name is recognised around the world and his legacy has changed the exploration of space forever. This collection provides a fascinating snapshot of Gagarin’s life - both in front of the worlds’ lenses and in private.”
Irina Demchenko, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, UK Bureau Chief at RIA Novosti said: “Yuri Gagarin’s flight 50 years ago irreversibly changed the world, proving that mankind is in fact a very close neighbourhood on this relatively small planet and we have to look after it and after our community. RIA Novosti is proud to present these pictures from its huge photo archive in such a fascinating place as the Royal Albert Hall in collaboration with our long-term partner Science Photo Library”.
RIA Novosti, Russia’s leading news agency and Science Photo Library have collaborated for this exclusive photo showcase.
7 June 2011