April 12 is Cosmonauts' Day - the day when Russia celebrates accomplishments in space. The holiday is commemorated on April 12, because this is the day when in 1961, Yury Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. In 2011, the United Nations declared April 12 the International Day of Human Space flight.
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Two Russian rockets to be launched from Guiana Space Center in 2015

Four European navigation satellites GalileoFOC should be placed into orbit using Russian launch vehicles Soyuz-ST to be launched from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou in French Guiana in 2015, Alexander Kirilin, the CEO of the Progress research and production rocket space center located in Samara, told Interfax-AVN

Russian, U.S., Italian astronauts arrive in ISS by Soyuz spaceship

The Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft coupled with a Soyuz-FG rocket which blasted off from the Baikonur space center on Monday with three astronauts onboard has successfully docked with the MIM-1 small research module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station after a six-hour autonomous flight, a Federal Space Agency representative told Interfax-AVN on Monday

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