MIR Soviet Space Program Gagarin First Human in Space 12-04-1961

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Yuri Gagarin - the first human in space launched in USSR on 12-04-1961 desktop souvenir paperweigth. Represents the rocket "ВОСТОК" used to launch in space a human for the first time in history of the mankind. It took a year for the US to match their achievement.

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The round gold color base represents the globe with countries borders.  The word "МИР" - in Russian PEACE. A space rocket hallmarked "ВОСТОК" - means EAST and "СССР" - means USSR. Date of the flight 12-04-1961 - celebrated as the Space Day.
About 2 inches base diameter.

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"The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for "satellite," was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik's orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere."

Enjoy this rare and hard to find piece of history in your collection.

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