International Day of Human Space Flight

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2024 DateApril 12, 2024
2025 DateApril 12, 2025

International Day of Human Space Flight

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The International Day of Human Space Flight is a global observance that recognizes the first ever journey into outer space by a human being. Significantly, it marks the beginning of the era of human exploration beyond earth, paving the way for scientific discoveries and advancements that benefit mankind. The day emphasizes the importance of space science and technology while inspiring future generations toward innovation and discovery.

The 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, the 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. This day is observed annually on the same date worldwide, including in Canada, on April 12th.

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  • 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.

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