Roscosmos Officials, Cosmonauts Pay Tribute to Yuri Gagarin on Anniversary of Death

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos State Corporation took part in commemorative events dedicated to the tragic death of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and test pilot Vladimir Seryogin on March 27, 2021. On behalf of the State Corporation, State Secretary – Deputy General Director for Exercising State Powers Sergey Dubik, representatives of the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps represented by Heroes of Russia, Roscosmos cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Alexander Misurkin, test cosmonaut Mukhtar Aimakhanov and family took part in the laying of flowers at the Kremlin wall in Moscow.

Every year on March 27, a delegation from the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps marks the anniversary. At the place of the death of the first cosmonaut and his flight mentor, there is a memorial, where the anniversaries of the tragic event are marked with mourning events. The trip is preceded by a flower-laying ceremony at the monument to Gagarin in Star City (Moscow Region) and to the bas-relief on the façade of the house in which he lived.

“On the birthday of Yuri Alekseevich, March 9, we annually visit the city of Gagarin, which was formerly called Gzhatsky. Nearby is the village of Klushino, where the first cosmonaut spent the first years of his life. A visit to Gagarin’s homeland is the most joyful tradition, and to the place of his death – the most sad and even mournful. But on March 27, the cosmonauts and employees of the CTC came and will continue to come to Novosyolovo.  For us, these are inviolable traditions,” said the head of the CPC Pavel Vlasov .

Representatives of the Cosmonaut Training Center and the cosmonaut corps today were among the first at the site of the deaths of Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Seryogin. They honored their memory by laying flowers at the stele and visiting the temple.

St. Andrew’s Church was restored with the direct participation of cosmonauts led by twice Hero of the Soviet Union Alexei Leonov. Some of the murals inside the temple were made according to his sketch. Here you can also see the unique Cosmic Leushinskaya Icon of the Mother of God, painted and donated by Leonov. The restored bell tower has a belfry with bells bearing the names of the deceased cosmonauts. 

There is a bell, cast in memory of Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov himself, who restored the temple and built a chapel. The memorial unites a large number of people who, in addition to the bitterness of loss, take pride in their Motherland and its heroes.