Russia accused the United States on Sunday of “misleading” after messages from the US authorities to celebrate the International Day of Manned Space Trips without mentioning its first hero, the Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin.
The US State Department published a short message on its Facebook account in Russian for the 59th anniversary of its first manned space flight, but it did not mention the name Gagarin.
On the Ministry’s website, the article published to celebrate this day also does not include the name of the astronaut.
The Russian Foreign Ministry immediately replied through a post on its Facebook account stating, “It is wrong information and cunning technology for the post-truth era”.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man on a mission in orbit, symbolizing the Soviet Union’s control of the space invasion against the United States during a period of time, especially since this happened before the American astronauts walked to the moon in 1969.
Since 2011, the United Nations has officially recognized April 12 as the International Day of Manned Space Trips. The director of the Russian Space Agency Dmitry Rogozin, on his Twitter account, also responded to messages from the US State Department.
He wrote, “Attempts to erase the Russian fingerprint in world history will not make our memories disappear, but rather the memory of the angry ones who do so on the other side of the ocean”.
It’s worth mentioning that during the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States in the mid 20th century, the Soviet Union was the first to launch a satellite to OutSpace as Sputnik was launched in 1957, and also the Soviet Union was the first to send a man to space, that Yuri Gagarin was in a first human space mission in 1961, also Valentina Terechkova, was the first female astronaut in 1963.
The Soviet Union also was the first to send an animal to space as Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space 1957.