DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Soviet newspaper article on Gagarin. Front page news article on Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (upper left, 1934-1968) who became the first human in space, orbiting the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on 12 April 1961. Following this historic spaceflight Gagarin made global headlines, becoming a hero in the Soviet Union and famous worldwide.
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