In London, a monument to the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on the planet. He set off Trafalgar Square in front of the headquarters of the British Council on the Mall avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, reports BBC News.
The composition is a figure of an astronaut in a spacesuit, balancing on orbit stylized globe. 3.5 meter high sculpture made of zinc alloy. It was donated by the British and the Russian Space Agency is an exact copy of another monument — established in 1984 in suburban Lyubertsy, where Gagarin once studied. The original was made in honor of the 50th anniversary of the cosmonaut, who was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 34 years.
Gagarin monument in front of the statue of English navigator James Cook. At the time, he also traveled around the world — just across the water. According to the curator of the project, Andrea Rose, the place where the monument to Gagarin is very symbolic. It lay in the path of Gagarin to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen during his visit to the UK in July 1961.
The opening ceremony of the monument erected in honor of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's visit to the UK, attended the new head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, the most experienced astronaut in history Esther Dyson, who spent in orbit a total of more than 800 days, and the daughter of Yuri Gagarin — Elena.