DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Yuri Gagarin, souvenir postcard. This is one of many postcard designs issued in the Soviet Union after the spaceflight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), the first man in space. This one gives the date of the flight (12 April 1961) and has the inscription: 'Glory to the first Flight-Cosmonaut Major Yuri Gagarin'. Gagarin completed a single orbit around the Earth in a trip lasting 108 minutes. He was a hero in the Soviet Union, and became famous worldwide.
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