Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft

Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft. Vostok 1 carried Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) on the first manned flight into space. It was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 12 April 1961. The flight lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes from lift-off to touch-down, and made one orbit of Earth. Gagarin died on 27th March 1968 in a plane crash while training for another space mission.

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