Ten-meter panel under the dome: the famous photo portrait of Gagarin was returned to VDNKh

May 14

At VDNKh, you can again see the famous photo portrait of Yuri Gagarin with a white dove in his hands. This picture was already presented at the main exhibition of the country from 1983 to the mid-2010s. Then it was dismantled. Now it is returning to its historical place - in under the dome part of the pavilion No. 34 Cosmos (now the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center). The portrait was printed on a round panel with a diameter of 10 meters.

The legendary shot was made by the journalist of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda Pavel Barashev (© Pavel Barashev / RIA Novosti) on May 7, 1961. At that time, Yuri Gagarin traveled to different countries with peace mission. When the cosmonaut visited Bulgaria, a local pioneer handed him a dove. Barashev was nearby and managed to capture this moment. The photo has gained popularity all over the world, and there is even a copy of it on the International Space Station.

"In 2018, after the restoration of the Cosmos pavilion, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center was opened there. Now it is the largest space museum in the country and one of the most popular exhibition venues in the city. In the year of the 60th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, a panel with his portrait returned to the historical place. So, step by step, the history of VDNKh is being restored, the original appearance and former beauty of the architectural monuments of the exhibition is being restored," Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor, said.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the first space flight in the history of mankind. He flew around the Earth on the Vostok-1 spacecraft. This date became significant, since April 12, the Cosmonautics Day is celebrated.

VDNKh is a unique public space with more than 80 years of history. Today, the exhibition unites 49 sites of cultural heritage, and its total area exceeds 325 hectares.

All activities on the territory of VDNKh are carried out in compliance with sanitary and epidemiological standards. Visitors to museum and exhibition venues should keep a social distance, wear masks and gloves.

Source: mos.ru

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