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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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