Yuri Gagarin statue for Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Yuri Gagarin statue for Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The statue is currently at the Mall

An artist's impression of the statue

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

HE was the first man in space but an even greater honour awaits Yuri Gagarin - a statue in Greenwich.

The lifesize figure, currently at central London's Mall as a gift from the Russian Space Agency to the British Council, would move to the south building terrace of the Royal Observatory - the historic centre of the stargazing universe.

Mr Gagarin, who made history by blasting into outer space onboard the Vostok in 1961, is depicted balancing on top of a globe and reaching out to the heavens from the top of an Irish blue limestone plinth.

A twin representation of the cosmonaut currently stands in Lyubertsy - the Russian city where he trained.

Greenwich planning chiefs will consider an application for the zinc alloy statue at a date to be set.

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11:00am Tue 30 Oct 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

Poor old Yuri stuck in Greenwich fer the duration.

Poor s0d.
Poor old Yuri stuck in Greenwich fer the duration. Poor s0d. Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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