The “CCCP” on Yuri Gagarin’s helmet was painted on less than half an hour before his launch on April 12, 1961. Original color images without the “CCCP” were published only very recently.
Things I didn’t know.
I’ve been thinking about it in ages! Great to finally see the answer. :)
Él fue simplemente el primero.
He was simply the first.
Although televised images of Gagarin would clearly show him in the capsule, Soviet brass thought it needed to be more obvious of which country sent the first man into space, and therefore painted CCCP in bright red letters on his white helmet.
L to R:
Yuri Gagarin, first human being in space; Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space; Aleksey Leonov, first person to walk in space.
Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, awarding Neil Armstrong a medal on June 1, 1970 at the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center. Behind them is a portrait of Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, who died two years earlier.
I love this, especially because Neil looks so much like Yuri.
OK-KS test vehicle. This was used to validate the Soviet Orbiter’s aerodynamic deign when on the transport plane.
Love the picture of what looks to be Gagarin on the wall.