A space-oriented educational nonprofit canceled the first human being to go into space — because he was Russian.
The Space Foundation, which, according to its website, provides “a gateway to education, information, and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries,” has changed the name of a symposium from April 3 due to the name “Yuri Gagarin”.
In 1961, aboard the Vostok 1 capsule, Gagarin was the first person to travel into space. He completed a full Earth orbit and was awarded the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”, the highest honor of the former USSR.
“In light of recent events”, the Space Foundation has changed the title of the symposium from “Yuri’s Night” to “A Celebration of Space: Discover What’s Next”.
A note on the event’s website read, “The goal of this fundraising event remains the same – to celebrate human achievement in space while inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars.” The note along with the explanation for the name change has since been removed.
Ironically, according to FuturismGagarin was very popular in Ukraine.
For example, a 2011 Ukrainian stamp commemorated the 50th anniversary of its pioneering spaceflight. And the recently bombed Chernihiv Stadium was renamed by the Soviets as “Yuri Gagarin Stadium” in the 1960s, and is still referred to as such by fans despite a new official name. …
In an article published last year about Gagarin’s often-overlooked relationship with Ukraine, the country’s Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute noted that during his first and only visit to the capital in 1966, the cosmonaut had kind words to say about the capital of the country, which was part of the USSR at the time.
“My friend Pavel Popovich told me a lot about the beauty of kyiv,” Gagarin reportedly said during a visit to schoolchildren at a youth center, “but what I saw with my eyes is incomparable to what I heard !”
It remains to be seen whether “Star Trek” will follow the foundation in undoing Gagarin – given that he named not one, not two, but Three Starfleet embarks after the iconic cosmonaut.
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