Russians are looking up to the sky today in remembrance of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. On this day in 1961, he became the first person to journey into outer space and orbit the Earth.
In honor of Cosmonaut’s Day, a poll was conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation on 1,500 participants about what else may be flying up high besides space shuttles and satellites.
As it turns out, almost one in four Russians (23%) expect the human race to be contacted by representatives of an alien civilization in the next 50 years.
However, 53% of respondents said they did not believe in aliens.
In addition, "Those who believed that contact would be beneficial for humanity were two times greater than those who believed the opposite," said a pollster from the foundation.
What are your favorite Russian brides’ opinions on extraterrestrial life? This could be an interesting topic of conversation! You could also ask the girls what celebrations are going on in their towns for Cosmonaut’s Day.
Vladimir Putin is visiting the site of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome today in Russia’s Far East Amur region. He took time from touring the facility to send a video message to the International Space Station, congratulating the crew and updating them on the progress of the new space port.
While Russia will continue using the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where Yuri Gagarin launched his legendary flight 52 years ago, Vostochny is set to become the "biggest and busiest launch pad in Russia," according to Putin.
Its first manned spacecraft is scheduled to launch by 2018.
Source: rianovosti.com, Photo: space.com