Gagarin celebration after landing, 1961

Gagarin celebration after landing, 1961

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Caption: Gagarin celebration after landing. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) being applauded by Soviet soldiers following his landing in the Saratov region of Russia on 12 April 1961. Orbiting in the Vostok 1 spacecraft, Gagarin had become the first human in space. On his return he was acclaimed as a hero in the Soviet Union, and became famous worldwide. Gagarin is still wearing the flight suit that he would have been wearing during the mission.

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