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Yuri Gagarin lecture 2011

View the presentations from the Yuri Gagarin Lecture held on 12 April 2011 at IET London: Savoy Place.

This evening lecture which took place on 12 April 2011 attracted an audience of all ages to celebrate 50 years of manned space flight and exploring the past, present and future space possibilities.

Although these amazing scientific and technical achievements purely were undoubtedly spurred on by the original competition between the two space powers of the era, the USA and the then-USSR, there is another, more human, story to be told, that of the ‘Gagarin Effect’.  

When Yuri Gagarin returned safely from space he travelled the world promoting the USSR, its scientific and technological achievements and the myriad future possibilities for space travel. Arguably more important, though, is the inspirational effect that Gagarin had. He became a global celebrity overnight and wherever he went huge crowds of people would throng the streets to see this man who, for them, personified the best in humanity and its curiosity and drive to explore. Some of these people were children and, for some of them, the Gagarin Effect was to inspire them through the rest of their lives, either directly or indirectly.

Below are the Yuri Gagarin lecture presentations

The Expedition 27 crew aboard the International Space Station send their special message to the world to wish them a Happy Yuri's Night!