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Egyptian Space Agency Receives Statue of World’s First Astronaut from Russia

The head bust of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, has been gifted to the Egyptian Space Agency as a show of good faith from Russia.

Some people doubt Egypt's potential for space travel, but you know what? At least Russia believes in us. In fact, earlier this week, the Egyptian Space Agency unveiled a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut to ever fly into space, in their headquarters. The bust - made by Russian sculptor Alexei Leonov - was gifted by Russia as a good luck charm, and was revealed in the presence of Giorgio Porisenko, the Russian ambassador to Egypt.

Yuri Gagarin made history as the world’s first astronaut after voyaging into outer space on April 12, 1961 for a total of 108 minutes. On board the Soviet spacecraft Vostok, Gagarin became something of a hero in Eastern Europe, winning numerous medals and titles since he accomplished such a huge milestone in the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States.