Yuri Gagarin with his father, 1966

Yuri Gagarin with his father, 1966

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Caption: Yuri Gagarin with his father, Alexei Gagarin, examining a hunting rifle. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) was 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. Gagarin's parents were workers on a collective farm where his father was a carpenter. Photographed in Russia, in October 1966.

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