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[b]Statue to World's First Spaceman Gagarin to go up in London[/b]
Acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, David Williams, made the statement [on Feb. 22] after signing an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos in Moscow on holding the Russian-British Year of Space in 2011.
He said the statue will be built in front of a monument to British explorer and navigator James Cook, joking that the site could serve as a perfect place for space launches.
The statue is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic first manned space flight made by Soviet cosmonaut Gagarin in 1961.
"The idea of erecting Gagarin's statue in the center of London is just great!" Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov said.
Perminov said this year the sides plan to hold several events and sign an agreement on joint cooperation in space.
[i][b]Sculpture of Gagarin to be presented to London by Roscosmos (14th July 2011).[/b] A sculpture of Yuri Gagarin, generously presented by Roscosmos, will be installed in central London on 14 July 2011, 50 years to the day that Major Gagarin was officially welcomed to London by the Prime Minister, Harold McMillan. Sited in the shadow of Admiralty Arch, the sculpture will be opposite the statue of Capt Cook, so that the first explorer into space will stand opposite the UK's greatest explorer of the oceans.[/i]
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