SPUTNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SPUTNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Gagarin and Seryogin, Kremlin memorials. Guards of honour stationed at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis next to the shrines erected following the interment here of the ashes of Soviet heroes Gagarin (right) and Seryogin (left). Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) had become the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. He died on 27 March 1968 with Soviet test pilot Vladimir Seryogin (1922-1968) when an aeroplane they were flying crashed. Their remains were cremated and the ashes were placed in the Kremlin Wall (behind plaques) with full military honours. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, on 30 March 1968.
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