Dedication of the Gagarin Sculpture.

The sculpture of Gagarin is installed and ready for the dedication. The panel featuring John Glenn is placed next to the sculpture.

On October 15th 2012 there was a dedication at 2999 South Wayside Drive, the Gragg building, NASA’s First Houston Headquarters.  The dedication was honoring the first two space explorers to orbit the earth, Cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin and Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr.

Father Lubomir Kupecz of St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, Houston, blesses the artwork.





A sculpture of Yuri Gagarin, arms outstretched to embrace the vastness of space, and a panel of John  Glenn were donated by  Ruslan Bayramov president of International  Charity Public Fund Dialogue of Cultures- United World. A gift from Russian to America.

After the park dedication there was a private reception at the Museum of Natural Science.

Now Americans will give-in kind  a sculpture of Neil Armstrong to Russia.

Ms. Galina Gagarina and Mr. Yuri Gagarin daughter and grandson of cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin pose with the sculptor chosen to create the Neil Armstrong sculpture for Russia – Bridgette Mongeon

 “When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty and not destroy it. ”
Yuri A Gagarin


“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to adnace the kind of science, math and technology education taht will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. ”
John H Glenn. Jr.

Ribbon cutting


An evening ceremony is held at the Museum of Natural Science

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