Yuri Gagarin statue for Royal Observatory, Greenwich

First published in 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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