Soviet newspaper article on Gagarin, 1961

Soviet newspaper article on Gagarin, 1961

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Caption: Soviet newspaper article on Gagarin. Front page news article on Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (upper left, 1934-1968) who became the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. Following this historic spaceflight Gagarin made global headlines, becoming a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. This article, in the Izvestiya newspaper, was published in Moscow, Russia, on 12 April 1961. During the Soviet era, Izvestiya was the official newspaper of the Soviet government, as opposed to Pravda, which gave the views of the Communist Party of the USSR.

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