Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated veterans and workers of the rocket and space industry on Cosmonautics Day. Russia today marks the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space.
This Monday, April 12, the Russian leader visited the Saratov region, where he is currently holding a meeting on the development of the space industry in the Russian Federation.
– I want to congratulate all veterans, workers of the rocket and space industry on the holiday, on the Day of Cosmonautics, and on the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space – the flight of our compatriot Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin, – announced Vladimir Putin.
Cosmonautics Day was approved by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on April 9, 1962. A holiday is celebrated in honor of the world's first manned space flight, completed exactly 60 years by Soviet pilot-cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board the Vostok spacecraft.
As the site kp.ru reported, Vladimir Putin at today's meeting also noted that Russia should adequately support the status of one of the leading nuclear and space powers.