Descent module of Yuri Gagarin

Descent module of Yuri Gagarin

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This image is part of the feature Yuri Gagarin Anniversary

Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Yuri Gagarin's descent module, known as Charik or "little ball", on April 12, 1961, at the end of the first manned spaceflight. Gagarin made one complete revolution round the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft. The flight lasted 108 minutes, and Gagarin landed only six miles from the calculated point. Charik weighed 2400 kilograms and measured 2. 3 metres in diameter. Gagarin was killed while testing an aircraft on March 27, 1968.

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Keywords: charik, flight, gagarin, manned spaceflight, novosti, program, programme, russian, soviet, space, yuri

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