Launch of Vostok-1 spacecraft

Launch of Vostok-1 spacecraft

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Caption: Launch of the Vostok-1 spacecraft carrying Yuri Gagarin on the first manned flight in space, April 12, 1961. Vostok-1 made one orbit of Earth, & the flight lasted 108 minutes from lift-off to touch- down. Gagarin died on March 27, 1968, in a plane crash while training for another space mission.

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Keywords: 12 april 1961, 12th, first manned spaceflight, flight, gagarin, historical, launch, novosti, program, programme, rocket, russian, soviet, space, space race, vostok 1, yuri

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