Titanium monument to Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space

Titanium monument to Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space


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I know a guy who is the grandson of the 13th man in space, and lived in the Yuri Gagarin housing complex in Moscow as a kid. It was an exclusive enclave for ex cosmonauts and families during the lean and lacking Soviet times, with own stores and food distribution. He told me stories how he used to pick up milk for Gagarins widow. I thought that was cool.


Was enraptured at Exclusive enclave


Was ecstatic to read 'enraptured at exclusive enclave'


Was enthralled to learn you were ecstatic reading 'enraptured at exclusive enclave."


Enraptured by the exuberance that emanates from you both. Edit: damn I missed that enraptured had been used already


Exceptionally enraging, isn't it.


Ehh I tried


Entranced by your egregious error regarding enraptured.


Egregiously enigmatic


Enchanted by your eager effort to enlarge this exhausted joke.


That statue is stupidly huge, but maybe not huge enough to commomorate (sp) the first human being in space. If it's possible to note a human first experience, it should be a crazy monument. Humans don't have too many first experiences, but this is one. Godspeed.


This statue is so fantastically Soviet in its design. What a time capsule, I love it.


Can you explain how it's Soviet because I was thinking the same thing but can't say why?


The style of statue is just very Soviet. Most statues made during the Soviet era portray the human figure in the same really distinctive aesthetic style.


I think it’s the sharp angles and overall rigid pose that are pretty unique to soviet styling.


I thinks it's art deco. It is very distinctive. Art deco car and train design have that distinctive look. Maybe not functional, but really stylish.


It’s made a art style called Soviet realism. Artists of that era were supposed to essentially follow certain guidelines to make their artwork realistic looking along with some other stylistic requirements. That’s why all art of that era looks similar.


From wikipedia: Vostok 1 was Gagarin's only spaceflight, but he served as the backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission, which ended in a fatal crash, killing his friend and fellow cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Fearful that a national hero might be killed, Soviet officials banned Gagarin from further spaceflights. After completing training at the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy in February 1968, he was allowed to fly regular aircraft. Gagarin died five weeks later when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting with flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin crashed near the town of Kirzhach.


The story is Komarov knew it was a suicide mission, because the Soviets cut every corner possible to put the mission on in time. He didn't refuse because he knew his friend would take his place. Komarov's death greatly affected Gagarin, who was supposedly grieving and drunk when he crashed his plane


Wow that's amazing. The Soviets insistence on keeping gagarin alive is what killed him. I could see this being a ten episode Netflix show, starring Mads Mikkelsen


Watch "For All Mankind"


Each pilot undergoes a medical examination before the flight. And it doesn't depend on whether he is famous or not. No one will take responsibility and put a drunk pilot at the helm of the plane. These are all stories from the category that all Russians drink, so Gagarin was drunk. And there are also many bears in Russia, which means that the co-pilot was a bear.


Let’s not forget Chernobyl and the fact that this was Soviet Russia. Protocols were often neglected. My great grandfather was the director of military aviation in Russia during WW2. The stories I heard...


Let’s not forget Fukusima and the fact that this was non-Soviet Japan. Let’s not forget Three Mile Island and the fact that this was anti-Soviet US. Seriously, those Soviet Russia stereotypes got boring 20-30 years ago. Pretty sure there were drunk pilots everywhere. Sure there were pilots who let their children to fly (crash) the plane. But no way Soviets let their hero and their worthiest achievement to do stupid stuff. Of course there was a KGB officer to supervise him, as well as his superiors.


My grandfather was a military man, and then the head of the transport bureau of a large city. And his subordinates did not like him because he always followed every letter of the law. If something needs to be done according to the rules, he always did according to the rules and never made concessions. So there is no need to judge the whole country by one or two cases. There was an accident in Fukusuma due to the negligence of staff and officials. But for some reason no one says that this is always the case in Japan. What was your grandfather's name? Alexander Novikov? But he was not the director of military aviation, but the commander of the air force of the Red Army.


Very cool looking


Looks kinda like a statue of a super hero


That’s what I thought it was


Homelander vibes


That is exactly what it is




Gagarin effectively was one.


Reminds me of the Rocketeer.


That’s the flattest ass I’ve ever seen. What a shame!


This could be the opening scene of a dystopian movie...


My first thoughts was Ozymandias from the watchmen.


Or from the poem.


Or from history.


Or from Black Sabbath.


Or like a knock-off Homelander.




Or a superhero movie


That city doesn't look all that different than most.


It's Russia so it's 'scary', and it's a Sci-fi looking statue, but because it's Russia and propaganda is effective it's 'dystopic'.


Looks like something you would find. in Arkham city.


I mean, Russia is a dystopia...


You ever been there?




Considering how hard titanium is to work, that's amazing feat of something something


Is that a technical term?


I always have this thought of what would the people of a distant future think or know about this statue or some of the other crazy things we build. Like our pondering of buried monoliths or the sphinx


It depends on if the people of the distant future keep progressing, or if they some how regress. The former would lead them to see the statue as a cute reminder of how far science has come, perhaps in the same way we see Benjamin Franklin's kite and key. The latter would be a monolithic reminder that progress is fragile and the stars are indeed as far away as they seem.


Presumably as it's titanium, it will outlast our civilisation


you underestimate the destructive tendencies of humanity. perhaps if it was solid, it would stand a ghost of a chance, but eh


I work in commercial construction. I have become convinced nothing is indestructible. I have seen machines scrunch steel like a sheet of paper. Then I've seen people mangle parts of the machines doing the scrunching.


How come nobody mentions there's a great building in the background that looks just like a Sci-fi rocket about 10 seconds in? Iirc it's Moscow State University. And what about that pyramid?


It is the Moscow state university and its insanely impressive how prominent it appears from so far away. I’ve only visited once and for some reason am more in awe of it than any other Moscow landmarks.


In my opinion it's the most beautiful building in Moscow in terms of grandness, though the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a close second for me


Good call!


The Soviet government desperately wanted to make him the face of the regime, but he died in a plane crash in 1968. Of course, the Soviet Union would only last another 21 years.


I mean, does that take away from his accomplishment though? General Patton died in a car accident. Being the first dude in space is a big fucking deal regardless of how you feel about the Soviet Union politically.


I don’t think it was about *how* he died, they just wanted him alive.


Surviving going to space and back but dies on a fucking airplane bruh


I believe he was a test pilot testing a new experimental plane and couldn't eject. I read awhile back that the government forced him to retire from being a test pilot after returning from space because he was to be protected at all costs as a hero. Many, many, years later, they relented and let him test experimental planes again, which resulted in his death. "Died in a plane crash" makes it sound like he died on a routine PanAm flight.




> 21 years 1991 - 1968 = 23


Why can nobody do a photoshoot or video in Russia any time where the leaves are actually on the trees?


#If I’m the first to do anything and my monument ain’t like this I’m not doing it.


Looks like Ultraman


I was thinking he looks like Buzz Lightyear from the Disney Toy Story remake in 20 years.


Looks like gigantor to me.


Buzz Lightyear Lives!


Russian statues in this style are incredibly beautiful, dynamic and futuristic. Making this of titanium is fucking *nuts* considering the cost of it and difficulty of working with it.


You can't fool me, that's Colossus taking a selfie


Say what you will about the Russians, but that’s a flippin’ cool statue.


Very cool, This almost doesn't look real, like a forced perspective photo. As a small boy plays, his tiny tin Yuri towers over the city!


Looks like the rocketeer! Just missing the helmet.


Little known fact, some of the particles of metal from the real orbital expedition gagarin was in were actually used in the sculpture in memorial.


Looks like something the council would put up based on prize they would give a 5 year for choosing the concept.


It's almost t posing


The only being able to defeat the evil Ronaldo statue


The first human in outer space who made it back alive FTFY


How many people before him did they send up who didn’t make it?


There is no proven evidence that any soviet cosmonauts made it to space before Gagarin. It’s just a long standing conspiracy theory.


Anything to make those dirty commies look bad, thanks red scare!


Communism bad therefore everything cool that came from Soviet Rusha also bad, checkmate Reddit 🧐


*with the goal of reaching "space" it's not that difficult to reach the stratosphere with a jet plane. The difficult part is to survive....


“There is no war in ba-sing se”


Some people did something..


At least one, I forgot his name but he came back to earth looking like a steak you put in the oven and got high and fell asleep and then remembered you were cooking 6 hours later.


I think he was the first human disclosed to die in a space flight. But it happened after Yuri's successful mission.


That was Soyuz 1, took place a few years after Vostok 1, Gagarin’s flight


I think that was after the first successful mission.


That was ... very descriptive. I’m curious if he lived? Based on context (the question asked that you’re responding to), I’m assuming he came back to earth but not alive. I’m going to go in search of the answer but just in case, do you mind answering if he did or did not?


If I remember right, he died on re-entry. He knew he was going to die and so asked them to have an open casket funeral afterwards because he wanted those in charge who told him to try anyways to see his body to face what they'd done. I'll add a link later if I find it. EDIT: found it already: https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2011/05/02/134597833/cosmonaut-crashed-into-earth-crying-in-rage And the bottom of this article explains about the open casket funeral he'd demanded (NSFW: they show a picture of his body): https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/astronaut-vladimir-komarov-man-fell-space-1967/ He did it because he knew that, if he refused, they would have sent Yuri Gagarin and so sacrificed himself.


The photo of Vladimir Komarov's remains. [NSFW but also doesnt even resemble a human anymore..](https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/03/16/corpse_custom-1a2c8e99bc85469ad8a5a976f4bfbc91d056a09a.jpg)


Thank you for taking the time to answer. I’m not a young one, so my Googlefu isn’t the best so I was puzzled what phrase to start with. I really appreciate you taking the time answer. :)


Im not sure if I'm misunderstanding your last line or if its just misinformation. Gagarin's trip was years before Komarov died.


Exactly. Russia don’t tell us about the mistakes.


Yes they do. Otherwise that info wouldn't be out there.


The attitude that many Americans have towards the Soviet Space Programme is pretty Ironic given that the US suffered more Space Deaths than the Soviets did.


The red scare did some real fucking damage to this country


The red scare continues to do real fucking damage to the USA. It hasn't ever ended.


It really did. I'm Canadian and lived in the US for several years. I was always amazed when Americans who don't own passports, and had never left the US but use to try to teach me about how "shitty" Canada is. Based on?? ​ "red under every bed" did the same thing as what took place in China, when they felt the outside world is full of "heathens" and closed their doors, and the world just passed them by while they felt superior.... Instead of seeing good outside, the US often sees enemies, China, Russia, North Korea, Viet Nam, the "enemy of the day" seems to rotate depending on what is in favour at the moment.


This. look at all the rude comments about "the first who made it back alive at least" or "that we know about".. nonsense. Because NASA did not have a single fatal failure? Both sides had successes and failures, making fun of them doesn't accomplish much. Not sure why people can't just celebrate the successes without the jabs.. the Gagarin statue looks cool..


The US has also put far more people into space than Russia/USSR.


There have been significantly more US Astronauts than Soviet or Russian Cosmonauts, but the actual numbera of manned missions flown by each country are significantly closer, with the USSR/Russia being about 2/3rds that of the US, since on average individual Cosmonauts fly marginally more missions in their careers. This is also without taking into account that for almost a decade the US was only able to fly manned missions via Soyuz, after the decommissioning of the Space Shuttles largely due to safety concerns.


Yeah I looked into it, seems to be mostly rumors: https://www.rbth.com/history/331849-before-gagarin-not-first-space


They don't *have* to. Launching an orbital rocket is *pretty fucking obvious* to anyone bothering to look. Which, naturally, we were. Very hard. Because of the whole thing with suborbital rockets carrying nuclear warheads.


i mean, this guy certainly was beyond brave. but why does the dude who was basically strapepd inside the tincan get all the statues while we don't even remember who built the tincan in the first place:/


I’ve been trying to find a model of this statue for my desk but can’t. Any clues?


Because the first guy needed more than balls of steel.


With a statue like that, he can be the first superhero in the world for all that i care..


Captain Planet! He’s the hero!


Gagarin is a hero of mankind. What a man.


anyone else bothered by the lack of trees?


This video was shot in winter about 15 years ago - in reality it looks something like this: [https://s0.rbk.ru/v6\_top\_pics/resized/945xH/media/img/1/05/755589485243051.jpg](https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/945xH/media/img/1/05/755589485243051.jpg)


Made of the same material his balls were....


(That we know of)


Short people pride! I’m Yuris height


I remember his journey.


That’s my house in the background!


cheers bro ill drink to that


Looks like the Necromancer in Raised By Wolves o.o


Little known fact, that’s exactly how he flew.


Damn this is cool. Looks like it’s from a movie or something similar. Reminds me of the statues seen when Jorah took Tyrion through Old Valyria.


Galactic abs


Russian buzz lightyear?


what an amazing statue


I salute him!🙇


I think this should be a statue of laika instead. She was the greatest of Russian cosmonauts


I though yuri was smaller than that


Not a super architecture fan, but there are some kick ass statues and monuments in this world. This one, The giant horse (in Mongolia?) is SUPER kick ass, Jesus in Rio, etc. We Muricans would really be lacking if it weren't for the french lol


Russian monuments are on superior level!


Love it... amazing tribute to a man with balls of steel


“Futuristic” monument, but everything around it looks like hammered dog shit.


Are you blind? It's surrounded by roads, some greenery and rather nice Neo-Classical buildings.


Pfff, it's not green and sunny in Russia in the winter! Clearly the fault of communism.


Right? Where are all the noisy ads, jewelry shops, carwashes and psychic saloons, right? No match for our dear NY.


russia bad upvotes to the left


It’s called winter


Hammered dog shit is not seasonal.


No its called russia


It's going to be cold, it's going to be dark and it's going to last you for the rest of your lives.


For some reason, the building in the background really reminds me of the complex right around the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC?


That's all left from the Soviet era. That's y most cities in Russia look like dogshit


Communism bad


I've lived in a post-soviet country. Communism absolutely obliterated their traditional religious sites and culture. They've only been able to recover and celebrate their history, (big statues of Genghis Khan, Buddhist holidays, etc.) After the fall of the Soviet union and the switch to capitalism/democracy. The Soviet style architecture left behind is in shambles and most of it is not all that old. The grocery stores went from having only flour, sugar, and salt to having a litany of items. Pregnant women no longer have to sit in weekly forced newspaper readings so they can internalize the state propaganda. Monks are no longer murdered. Communism, for the country of Mongolia, was absolutely detrimental. You simply have to take a look at the fortunes of Eastern vs. Western Europe to see these clear outcomes. You can look upon the building of the Berlin wall to keep East Germans locked away from the west. The massive famines due to the centralization of agriculture by the state. This is not to say that state-run social programs can't be beneficial, but over centralization often leads to tyranny of the state or incompetence.




Man Russia and Asia have the best fucking monuments. We get rich white dude busts after destroying a beautiful feature of the land with explosives.


> Asia Asia is not that relevant to this statue since Moscow is in Europe.


That country looks so gray and depressing


the russian countryside is gorgeous, especially in summer. most of the cities aren't quite as pleasing to the eye, definitely not in winter, but some places like st petersburg have incredible architecture and greenspaces, it's not all gray soviet bloc style apartments.


It really isn't in summer and when the winter is snowy it's actually also not bad. You should Google Moscow Christmas decorations, they're pretty amazing.


Not country, just cities.


Maybe because they shot the video in the worst time of the year, without bright snow or green trees


It’s literally winter though


Kinda just looks like where I live in the US. Lol


Do u live in fucking Detroit cause I dont know anywhere like this here


Literally 80% of the US looks like a decayed trash heap next to this.


Not where I'm from the only place that looks like shit near me is Milwaukee


It’s actually worse cuz the extra bonus of extreme amounts of trash, tents and homeless.


"Yura, we let everything go down the drain !"


Everywhere in Russia I go, I see his face


Hehe while the Russians were making this with Russian Titanium, the US was buying the rest of it through shell companies to make SR-71s


I wish they made statues of the people who helped get him in space


I though his name was Yuri Tarded


I thought Neil Diamond was to first guy in space? Or Louis Armstrong or something.


Nope, Buzz Lightyear.


This was a great laugh and ur at -4. Keep up the good work.


That's Russia for you -- despite all the statements in the 60's, when they don't win a race they just move the finish line. What a terrible country.


Contrary to the American way, wherein you lag behind for decades, accomplish one impressive achievement of minimal strategic value, and then declare that to be the goal posts and yourselves the victors. Your opponents, having no scientific or strategic goals on the moon anymore have no reason to dump money into their own hideously troubled lunar program.


I mean Gagarin was such a nice guy, friendly, brave. But this monument is simply terrible, totalitarian as it gets, plain ugly. Why do people do this to Gagarin?


I think you got brain worms dude it’s just a statue.


Of course it is - has anybody denied this?


I think he looks like a bad ass rocket man.


One hellishly expensive monument that i also think looks like shit. Could have made it in aluminum and saved several thousands of tax dollars or maybe even more. It is a waste of a resource in great scarcity.


Tax dollars?


Never knew of this man. This statue should be in every country!


Agreed. Here in America we learn about him in 3rd or 4th grade as soon as we start learning about space exploration. Every text book has him as one of the big 3. Yuri Gagarin, first man in space and to orbit the Earth. John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth. Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. We learn about others too like Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, etc. but Gagarin, Glenn & Armstrong are the *big three*, the core of our initial learning about the space race/space exploration. I know it's probably taught with a lot more enthusiasm here than other countries since we won the space race and most of the figures to be learned about are American....but yeah, Russia had the jump on us in every facet of the space race and Yuri was a badass.


> won the space race Lul


? Americans have journeyed to and walked on the moon's surface 6 separate times. Not a single other country has done either once. That's a decisive win. This isn't a debate. Russia came out the gate spanking our ass with the first satellite, first man to get to outerspace to orbit the Earth then just kind of tripped on the track, fell face first, lay there like they were dead and did nothing else as America came from behind, blew past them, won the race then proceeded to lap them 6 times while Russia still lay on the track staring at the US flag on the moon with their telescopes. You should have learned all this in grade school. Sputnik ➡ Yuri Gagarin ➡ All America


Yeah, you said the Space race not the Moon race.


So what you're saying is you have no idea what the space race was. Holy shit...... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Race


What I am saying is that the US was moving the goalposts until they succeeded


No. With the money to make awful monuments like this one just help people instead. This is a dystopian statue, I don't need another symbol to bow down to. There's enough of them already.


...that survived.


Looks more like a monument to The Homelander from The Boys.


Or was he? *dun dun duuuun!*


I'm kinda thinking that this is a waste of titanium...


Fun fact, titanium is among the 10 most abundant elements in the Earth's crust. There is much more titanium on Earth than copper, for example.


How come we don't use it more often? Isn't it super strong as well as light?


It's more expensive to process into ingots and more expensive to machine. We use tons of titanium, just not for things that don't need the extra cost


Oh ok thx for explaining


Oh, you know Yuri too? Are we talking about the same Yuri? Yuri Tahrted?