Cosmonautics Day (День Космона́втики) in Russia
On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed the first manned space flight. The 27-year-old circled Earth in the Vostok 1 (Восток-1) spacecraft for one hour and 48 minutes, marking the opening of a new chapter in space exploration.
Now, Russia celebrates this achievement with Cosmonautics Day, in which ceremony participants process through a series of important commemorative landmarks. It begins near Gagarin’s statue in the city of Korolyov, moves to his grave in the Red Square’s Kremlin Wall Necropolis and continues through Cosmonauts Alley before concluding in Novodevichy Cemetery.
In the last decade, April 12 has also become the occasion to host “Yuri’s Night” worldwide as an occasion to inspire public interest in space exploration. As of 2011, the United Nations also adopted a resolution declaring April 12 to be the International Day of Human Space Flight.
This Weekend’s Hashtag Project: #WHPdearphotograph
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This week we’ve been inspired by Dear Photograph (@dearphotograph) and, as a result, we’re asking you to take an old film photograph or vintage postcard, hold it up against the original setting and then take a picture of it for #WHPdearphotograph. Some tips to get you started: tap to focus on the photograph in the foreground before taking the picture, share a story or memory about the old film photograph or antique postcard in your caption and, most importantly, be patient! It may take some time to line up the photo—try moving your hand closer or further away from the object you’re shooting.
PROJECT RULES: Please only add the hashtag #WHPdearphotograph to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!