It was said that the first man to inter space (1961), Yuri Gargarin, had a smile that “could light up the Cold War”. The 5ft 2in cosmonaut was an international hero.
Today is the anniversary of his flight. I found these photos of some of the monuments created to remember him.
The one on the tall soaring pedestal is like it could represent Superman. I guess in his day, Yuri was the closest we had to a superman.
There are many photos of Yuri's monuments one can view online. The one directly above is another of my favorites.
Tragically, he died in a jet fighter crash at the age of 34.
But by all accounts he was a personable, friendly guy.