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Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) after flying a plane. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12th April 1961. He orbited the Earth once in the Vostok 1 spacecraft, a flight that lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes. He later returned to active service as a test pilot, dying in a crash during a training flight in 1968.
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