Kathmandu, April 24
The bust of the first human being who had journeyed into outer space, Yuri A Gagarin, was unveiled in the garden of Ratna Park, Kathmandu, on the occasion of the 85th birth anniversary of the cosmonaut, amidst a function today.
The bust was jointly unveiled by Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidhya Sundar Shakya and Russia’s Cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh who has been awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union twice.
Yuri Gagarin, who lived for 34 years from 9 March 1934 to 27 March 1968 had travelled to space at the age of 27. A spacecraft, Vostok 1 he was riding had completed one orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Inaugurating the bust, Mayor Shakya said, “The bust of Gagarin will inspire young Nepali students to achieve more at a young age.”
He also said that bust of Gagarin in the heart of Kathmandu will strengthen bilateral relation between Russia and Nepal.
Cosmonaut Savinykh said that the bust was a symbol of courtesy to Nepal from Russia.
A version of this article appears in print on April 25, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.