Spaceflight in Popular Culture

The first human flights in space left indelible marks on both countries’ popular culture. Arts, literature, toys, and collectables gave tribute to these space pioneers.

From the moment the Soviet news agency announced his flight, Yuri Gagarin’s face became famous throughout the world. These are some examples of the use of his image and references to his flight.

Pin, Gagarin Head

Pin with Yuri Gagarin's head pictured

Stamp, Yuri Gagarin, 3 Kopeks

Stamp with Yuri Gagarin

Vostok Pin

Pin with Vostok

Yuri Gagarin Pin

Yuri Gagarin Pin

Yuri Gagarin Pin

Pin with Yuri Gagarin
The monument to Gagarin in Moscow.

The monument to Gagarin in Moscow.
Dieter Kamer