Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space

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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (March 9, 1934 –  March 27, 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. On  April 12, 1961, aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1), Gagarin became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the earth. His call sign was Kedr (Siberian Pine).

After the flight, Gagarin became an international celebrity and toured Great Britain,  Italy, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and Finland to promote the Soviet Union’s accomplishment of putting the first human in space.  He was awarded many medals and honours, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour.  Read more…

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