Gagarin meets Khrushchev, 1961

Gagarin meets Khrushchev, 1961

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Caption: Gagarin meets Khrushchev. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (centre left, 1934-1968) and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (centre right, 1894-1971) reading a newspaper celebrating Gagarin's historic spaceflight. Khrushchev was First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) from 1953 to 1964. Gagarin had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961. Following this spaceflight, Gagarin became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. The two men's wives are also present. Gagarin married Valentina Goryacheva (far left) in 1957, while Khruschev married Nina Kukharchuk (far right) in 1923. Photographed in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, on 29 April 1961.

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