Apr 11

50 years of Man's first Space flight

Fifty years ago, on April 12, 1961 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit around Earth . Gagarin was transformed into 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 Center outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in an accident in 1968 while piloting a training jet.

View ESA's Euronews video about the event:


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