The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight "to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes."
Message from UNOOSA Director Simonetta di Pippo on the International Day of Human Space Flight
UNOOSA will mark the Day with a series of events:
Launch of the 2014 Update of the Messages from Space Explorers to future generations: On 11 April, UNOOSA will launch the third edition of collection of messages from men and women who have travelled into space serves as a tribute to their achievements and is an inspiration for future generations.
Exhibition at the Vienna International Centre, 7-18 April: An exciting and unique exhibition can be viewed in the VIC from 7 to 18 April as part of the regular tours organized by the UN Visitor's Service. The exhibition showcases examples of handwritten messages UNOOSA has received from the many men and women who have travelled into space after Gagarin's historic flight The exhibition can be viewed during these two weeks. For more information on the exhibition and tours, click here.
Twitter chat: Join astronaut and UN Expert on Space Applications Takao Doi in celebrating the International Day of Human Space Flight in a Twitter Chat on 11 April at 3pm CET. Participants can send questions to @UNOOSA using #OOSAChat For more information on UNOOSA's Human Space Technology Initiative, please click here.