Gagarin's wife on day of his spaceflight

Gagarin's wife on day of his spaceflight

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Caption: Gagarin's wife on the day of his spaceflight. Valentina Gagarin (centre), wife of the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), being shown a newspaper celebrating Gagarin's historic spaceflight. Gagarin had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. He had married Valentina Goryacheva in 1957, and at the time of his spaceflight they had two young daughters. Following his return, Gagarin became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. Photographed in Russia, on 12 April 1961.

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