Crimean school launches 'rocket' balloons

The children guided by their teachers launched 300 air balloons into the sky, some of them making a wish to become cosmonauts.

Yuri Gagarin, only 27 years old at the time of his space mission, was the first man to complete humankind's first orbit around the Earth on April 12, 1961.

His successful space mission turned Gagarin into a worldwide popular figure, revered by Russians who turned up in their thousands to welcome him wherever he went.