TQ3877 : Gagarin Terrace, Royal Observatory, Greenwich

taken 8 years ago, near to Blackheath, Lewisham, Great Britain

Gagarin Terrace, Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Gagarin Terrace, Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The statue to cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was unveiled at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on 7 March 2013. The statue shows Gagarin in his spacesuit standing on the globe and is a gift from the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, to the British People.

The statue is near the Observatory’s 19th century Astronomy Centre; the area in which the statue stands has been named Yuri Gagarin Terrace in honour of the cosmonaut (LinkExternal link Royal Museums Greenwich).

Yuri Gagarin LinkExternal link was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. He was killed in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (formerly the Royal Greenwich Observatory is best known as the location of the prime meridian. It is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames.
The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II. The building was completed in the summer of 1676. The scientific work of the observatory was relocated elsewhere in stages in the first half of the 20th century, and the Greenwich site is now maintained as a tourist attraction.

More details at LinkExternal link Wikipedia

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Wednesday, 15 May, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
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