Yuri Gagarin in capsule

Yuri Gagarin in capsule

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Caption: First manned space flight. Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-68) photographed inside the capsule of the Vostok 1 spacecraft. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961. He took off at 12.07 local time and made one orbit of the Earth, landing 108 minutes later. This was Gagarin's only flight into space. He died in 1968 whilst on a training flight in a military jet.

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