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First Russian Spaceport to Be Built Near Yuri Gagarin's Birthplace

10. April 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

The 51st anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's famous flight is approaching, as it was April 12, 1961 when he became the first human to travel into space and the first to orbit the Earth.


While there have been numerous tributes to the international hero, such as statues and coins bearing his likeness and cities, trophies, and jets named after him, another dedication is being designed.


The Gagarin spaceport will be Russia's first and be part of the tourist entertainment center Yauza Park. The location is not only near Gagarin's birthplace (the village of Klushino), but also near another historically important town.


"We chose this place because the water reservoir and the landscape are very beautiful. Besides, Gagarin’s birthplace is nearby. A museum devoted to him now exists in his native village," project head Alexander Tarasevich told The Voice of Russia.


The village of Borodino is also nearby, where the most decisive battle of the Russian-French war of 1812 took place. Hundreds of tourists used to visit the village every day to see the monuments of war heroes and the builders of the new spaceport hope to bring the tradition back.


"We would like to enable people to visit both Borodino and our spaceport, to see both Russia’s glorious past and its present technical achievements," Mr. Tarasevich says. "Gagarin himself liked to visit Borodino and often took his children there."


In addition to offering wealthy tourists a short trip into the upper atmosphere from the launching pad, the spaceport will also house a hotel, museums, park amusements, an exhibition center and a conference hall.