International Day of Human Space Flight

Quick Facts - CA

HashtagsCompiled on#HumanSpaceFlightDay
Related Hashtags#Space, #SpaceExploration, #HumanSpaceflight, #Spaceflight, #Nasa, #YuriGagarin
2024 DateApril 12, 2024
2025 DateApril 12, 2025

International Day of Human Space Flight

International Day of Human Space Flight in
Days to go: 

Top X Posts (formerly Tweets) for International Day of Human Space Flight -


International Day of Human Space Flight History

International Day of Human Space Flight recognizes the first ever journey into outer space by a human being. This day also marks the beginning of the era of human exploration beyond earth, paving the way for scientific discoveries and advancements that benefit mankind.

International Day of Human Space Flight has important resonances for Canada, as a nation with a rich history in space exploration. It commemorates the epic flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first human spaceflight, which took place on April 12, 1961. This achievement sparked interest worldwide, including in Canada, toward space exploration. Canada has since contributed in various aspects to space exploration, including the development of advanced satellites and robotics. Notably, Canada was the third country in the world to launch a satellite into space, was a key participant in the International Space Station, and has trained its own astronauts including eminent figures such as Chris Hadfield.

In Canada, International Day of Human Space Flight is commemorated with various public and private events. Schools, universities and scientific institutions organize events such as educational lectures, exhibitions, and workshops to emphasize the importance of space exploration. These events aim to inspire younger generations to take interest in space exploration and study related sciences. International Day of Human Space Flight is observed annually on April 12th.

Facts about International Day of Human Space Flight

  • The first manned mission to land on the moon was Apollo 11. The mission was successfully completed on July 20, 1969 by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. They became the first humans in history to step on another planetary body.
  • NASA’s Artemis program hopes to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. They hope to work with commercial and international partners to establish sustainable exploration of the moon. Their goal after that is to send astronauts to Mars.
  • A full NASA space suit costs $12,000,000. About 70% of the cost is for the backpack and control module.
  • Canada was one of the very earliest countries to begin space exploration. The country launched its first satellite, Alouette 1, into space in 1962. This was just one year after Gagarin's historical flight.
  • Chris Hadfield became famous as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station in 2013. During his time in space, he did numerous public outreach activities, including recording a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Top things to do in Canada for this observance

  • Learn more about NASA's Artemis program and how they plan to return to the moon.
  • Learn more about the United Nation's Voyager Golden Record message that was sent into space in 1977.
  • Watch a Documentary to learn more about Human Space Flight in Canada:
    The Arrow - Although not directly about spaceflight, this film explores Canada's effort in aeronautics during the mid-20th century, which has direct ties to its place in space exploration.
    The Space Between Us - A thought-provoking film featuring Gary Oldman, it's not a Canadian film but it explores human spaceflight.
  • Visit The Ontario Science Centre: This science museum in Toronto, Ontario, offers a variety of exhibits related to space and space exploration. They often hold special events for International Day of Human Space Flight.

Copyright 2002-2024 © Sapro Systems LLC • About Privacy Policy License Terms Corrections & Suggestions