Gagarin with ice hockey players, 1965

Gagarin with ice hockey players, 1965

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Caption: Gagarin with ice hockey players. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), with the players of his favourite team. Gagarin, who was a big ice hockey fan, had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. Following this historic spaceflight, Gagarin became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, on 20 December 1965.

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