Yuri Gagarin became first man in space fifty-five years ago

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:43 PM

In Russia, April twelve is known as Cosmonautics Day. During a United Nations Common Gathering meeeting in two thousand-eleventh, this day was declared International Day of Human Space Flight by sixty countries.

Yuri Gagarin became first man in space fifty-five years ago

Tuesday marks fifty-five years since cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

In Russia, April twelve is known as Cosmonautics Day. During a United Nations Common Gathering meeeting in two thousand-eleventh, this day was declared International Day of Human Space Flight by sixty countries.

The Vostok one spacecraft was launched into space from a Soviet launch site on the morning of April twelve, one thousand nine hundred sixty-one. Gagarin spent one hundred eight minutes in the tiny capsule, completing the first human orbit around the Earth before landing back on Soviet soil.

"But after his first flight, he wanted to fly again in space. He wanted to continue his work as a pilot and as a cosmonaut," his daughter, Elena Gagarin told Andrea Rose of the British Council in a two thousand eleven interview.

Upon his return to Earth, the Soviet cosmonaut became an international hero. His mission to space was groundbreaking and raised the stakes in the contest between the Soviet Union and the United States to advance space exploration..

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