Vostok 1 spacecraft on launch pad, 1961

Vostok 1 spacecraft on launch pad, 1961

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Caption: Vostok 1 spacecraft on its launch pad surrounded by its support gantries and towers. During this solo mission, which took place on 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) orbited the Earth once, becoming the first human in space. Photographed at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, on 12 April 1961.

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