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.
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.
“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.