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Old April 11 2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Yuri Gagarin - First Man in Space (50th Anniversary)

This April 12th 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic space flight of Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1
This was the time when man took his first steps to outer space

"I see Earth! It is so beautiful!"
- Yuri Gagarin




Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin March 1934 27 March 1968, was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and honours, including Hero of the Soviet Union. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup to the Soyuz 1 mission, which ended in a fatal crash. Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died when a training jet he was piloting crashed in 1968.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin's single orbit of Earth 50 years ago this month ushered in the era of human spaceflight:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12380744

April 12th 1961 Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of humanity the Earth from space. In the next 108 minutes he'll see more than most people do in a lifetime. What sights awaited the first cosmonaut silently gliding over the world below? What was it like to view the oceans and continents sailing by from such a height?
In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/27 crew of the International Space Station, we have created a new film of what Gagarin first witnessed fifty years ago.

http://www.firstorbit.org/

"Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!" - Yuri Gagarin
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