The Flight that Launched a Thousand Rumors

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The banner of the Gagarinites, held by Yelena Rossoshanskaia, director of the Gagarin Memorial Museum in Saratov. Teenagers competed in the 1970s for the honor of being accepted into the ranks of Gagarinites. Every April 12, at the monument to Gagarin, they were inducted into the order of Gagarinities. Graduates from that era have revived the tradition among youngsters in the Saratov region today.

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