Gagarin post-flight tour, Leningrad, 1962

Gagarin post-flight tour, Leningrad, 1962

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Caption: Gagarin post-flight tour, Leningrad. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. Following this historic spaceflight, Gagarin became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. He undertook many tours within the Soviet Union and abroad following his pioneering achievement. Here, he is giving a talk to workers at the Leningrad Steel Plant, Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Russia. Photographed on 6 September 1962.

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