Cosmonautics Day celebrates the anniversary of the first manned space flight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, and the great advances in space exploration opened up by socialist construction in the USSR.
By Communist Union of Donbass
On April 12, Donetsk youth organized a festival for children of the Kiev district in honor of Cosmonautics Day, with chalk drawing, music and renovation of the playground at the old Planetarium.
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The event was held under the slogans “Let’s go!” and “For the sake of peace and progress.”
This isn’t the last event at the old Planetarium. Later, activists will hold a subbotnik [day of volunteer labor] to further renovate the playground.
Svetlana remarks: “We gave the children crayons and paper for airplanes. They all scrambled immediately to draw rockets, Gagarin and, more often than not, our planet. They told us about the Soviet space program, Gagarin, Belka and Strelka.
“Children especially like the red flag.
“I told the children that Gagarin and Korolev dreamed of arranging a flight to the moon. The kids apparently decided that the moon was not enough for the Soviet space program, so they drew Gagarin on Pluto.”
Translated by Greg Butterfield