Workers hearing of Gagarin's spaceflight

Workers hearing of Gagarin's spaceflight

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Caption: Workers hearing of Gagarin's spaceflight. Workers at the Zaoksky state farm (Moscow region) listening to a TASS agency radio report on on the historic spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) 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. Photographed on 14 April 1961. TASS (Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union) was the central agency that distributed news within the USSR.

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