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Soviet newspapers on Gagarin spaceflight. Citizens of Moscow, Russia, reading newspapers that swiftly sold out on the day of Gagarin's historic spaceflight. 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. Gagarin's feat made headlines around the globe, and on his return he became a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide. Photographed on 12 April 1961.
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