Yuri Gagarin, first man in space

Yuri Gagarin, first man in space

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) two days after returning from space. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12th April 1961. He orbited the Earth once in the Vostok 1 spacecraft, a flight that lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes. He later returned to active service as a test pilot, dying in a crash during a training flight in 1968.

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