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Launch of the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 1

Launch of the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 1

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The launch of the Vostok 1 spacecraft carrying Yuri Gagarin on the first manned flight in space. Launched on April 12, 1961, from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Vostok 1 made one full orbit before returning to Earth 108 minutes later.

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