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Gagarin Collection

"Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space and a Soviet Hero" In 1961, Yuri Gagarin made history as he embarked on an extraordinary journey onboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft

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Yuri Gagarin. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934- 1968) in his space helmet. Gagarin became the first person in space when he was launched on Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin onboard Vostok 1

Yuri Gagarin onboard Vostok 1
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in the cabin of Vostok 1, the spacecraft in which he became the first person to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961

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Yuri Gagarin. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934- 1968) in his space helmet. Gagarin became the first person in space when he was launched on Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Soviet poster commemorating Yuri Gagarin

Soviet poster commemorating Yuri Gagarin
Soviet poster commemorating the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin on 12th April 1961. Gagarins flight lasted 108 minutes

Background imageGagarin Collection: Vostok 1 spacecraft after landing, 1961

Vostok 1 spacecraft after landing, 1961
Vostok 1 descent module after landing in the Saratov region of Russia, in the USSR, on 12 April 1961. Vostok 1 was the first spacecraft to take a human into space

Background imageGagarin Collection: Vostok ejection seat

Vostok ejection seat. View of the type of ejection seat fitted to the Vostok spacecraft in 1961-63. The cosmonaut returning to Earth was instructed to eject from the Vostok capsule at an altitude of

Background imageGagarin Collection: Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft, 1961

Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft, 1961
Launch of Vostok 1 spacecraft. Close-up of the exhaust flames of the rocket launching Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) into orbit from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 12 April 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft

Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft
Vostok (Russian осток, translated as "East") was a family of rockets derived from the Soviet R-7 Semyorka ICBM designed for the humanspaceflight programme but later used for other sputnik

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), soviet cosmonaut and first man in space. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin visiting Manchester, England in 1961

Yuri Gagarin visiting Manchester, England in 1961
Yuri Gagarin. View of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, visiting Manchester, England, in July 1961. Gagarin made his flight in the Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Vostok rocket, Moscow, Russia

Vostok rocket, Moscow, Russia
Vostok (Russian осток, translated as "East") was a family of rockets derived from the Soviet R-7 Semyorka ICBM designed for the humanspaceflight programme but later used for other sputnik

Background imageGagarin Collection: Krushchev, Tereshkova, Nikolayev, Gagarin

Krushchev, Tereshkova, Nikolayev, Gagarin
The politician and the cosmonauts: (left to right) Khrushchev, Valentina Tereshkova, Adrian Nikolayev & Yuri Gagarin in Red Square, Moscow

Background imageGagarin Collection: Crewmembers of the first Soviet spaceflight

Crewmembers of the first Soviet spaceflight
The first Soviet cosmonauts (left to right): P. Popovich, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, Adrian Nikolayev, Valeri Bykovski, & G. Titov

Background imageGagarin Collection: Launch of Vostok 1

Launch of Vostok 1
The launch of the Vostok 1 spacecraft carrying Yuri Gagarin on the first manned flight in space. Launched on April 12, 1961, from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Background imageGagarin Collection: Meeting in Red Square, Moscow, to honour Gagarin

Meeting in Red Square, Moscow, to honour Gagarin
Meeting in Red Square, Moscow, to honour the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin, who completed one revolution round the Earth in his Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Poster; Peace

Poster; Peace
MEN AND WOMEN, LET US SAFEGUARD PEACE ! Cosmonaut Gagarin is permitted to utter a politically innocuous statement

Background imageGagarin Collection: An intermission between sessions at the 22nd Congress o?

An intermission between sessions at the 22nd Congress o?
An intermission between sessions at the 22nd Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in the Kremlin Congress palace. From left: Major Herman Titov, V. Gaganova, N. Mamai, Major Yuri Gagarin and E

Background imageGagarin Collection: B Birmingham, B79 7

B Birmingham, B79 7
B79 7

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin in capsule

Yuri Gagarin in capsule
First manned space flight. Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-68) photographed inside the capsule of the Vostok 1 spacecraft. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Major Herman Titov & Major Yuri Gagarin, Red Square, Moscow

Major Herman Titov & Major Yuri Gagarin, Red Square, Moscow
Major Herman Titov, left, and Major Yuri Gagarin acknowledge the crowds in Red Square on 9 August 1961, during a rally in their honour. Date: 1961

Background imageGagarin Collection: Fork-lift truck Gagarin salute

Fork-lift truck Gagarin salute
A salute is made to the achievement of Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, at a demonstration of fork-lift trucks at the Basingstoke factory of Lansing Bagnall Ltd

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin and Harold Macmillan, London

Yuri Gagarin and Harold Macmillan, London
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), the Russian cosmonaut and Hero of the Soviet Union who made history on 12 April 1961 by becoming the first human in outer space

Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin Alekseyevich 1934 1968 Russia Russian

Yuri Gagarin Alekseyevich 1934 1968 Russia Russian
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Background imageGagarin Collection: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Russian cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Russian cosmonaut
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), the Russian cosmonaut and Hero of the Soviet Union who made history on 12 April 1961 by becoming the first human in outer space

Background imageGagarin Collection: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655

Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655
Russian Air Force - Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655 (msn 89A798), of the Y.A.Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Date: circa 2005

Background imageGagarin Collection: The Taotai of Kashgar, c. 1910 (photo)

The Taotai of Kashgar, c. 1910 (photo)
KDC384131 The Taotai of Kashgar, c.1910 (photo) by Gagarine, Prince Alexandre (1862-1919); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGagarin Collection: Frontispiece to novelette Tarantas (The Tarantass) by Vladimir Sollogub, 1845. Creator: Gagarin

Frontispiece to novelette Tarantas (The Tarantass) by Vladimir Sollogub, 1845. Creator: Gagarin
Frontispiece to novelette Tarantas (The Tarantass) by Vladimir Sollogub, 1845. Private Collection

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1810-1893), 1837-1839. Creator: Stieler

Portrait of Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1810-1893), 1837-1839. Creator: Stieler
Portrait of Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1810-1893), 1837-1839. Found in the Collection of State History Museum, Moscow

Background imageGagarin Collection: Title page for the story The Queen of spades by A. Pushkin, 1834

Title page for the story The Queen of spades by A. Pushkin, 1834. Found in the Collection of State Museum of A.S. Pushkin, Moscow

Background imageGagarin Collection: The auditorium of the Theatre at the House of Prince Grigory Ivanovich Gagarin in Rome, c. 1830

The auditorium of the Theatre at the House of Prince Grigory Ivanovich Gagarin in Rome, c. 1830. Found in the Collection of State History Museum, Moscow

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Mikhail Leontievich Dubelt (1822-1900)

Portrait of Mikhail Leontievich Dubelt (1822-1900). Found in the Collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Count Sergei Sergeyevich Gagarin (1795-1852)

Portrait of Count Sergei Sergeyevich Gagarin (1795-1852). Found in the Collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: The Ball in the House of Princess Maria Baryatinskaya, 1830s

The Ball in the House of Princess Maria Baryatinskaya, 1830s. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
The Ball in the House of Princess Maria Baryatinskaya, 1830s. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Caucasian traditional dress, 1840s. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)

Caucasian traditional dress, 1840s. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Caucasian traditional dress, 1840s. Private Collection

Background imageGagarin Collection: Drawing room in the House of Princess Anna Gagarina in Petersburg, 1799

Drawing room in the House of Princess Anna Gagarina in Petersburg, 1799. Artist: Kolmann, Karl Ivanovich (1786-1846)
Drawing room in the House of Princess Anna Gagarina in Petersburg, 1799. Private Collection

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Christophor Dmitrievich Sanikidze, 1841. Artist: Gagarin

Portrait of Christophor Dmitrievich Sanikidze, 1841. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Portrait of Christophor Dmitrievich Sanikidze, 1841. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Count Ksawery Korczak-Branicki (1814-1879), c. 1840

Portrait of Count Ksawery Korczak-Branicki (1814-1879), c. 1840. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Portrait of Count Ksawery Korczak-Branicki (1814-1879), c. 1840. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Countess Marta Sologashvili, Princess Eristavi, 1840-1842. Artist: Gagarin

Portrait of Countess Marta Sologashvili, Princess Eristavi, 1840-1842. Artist: Gagarin
Portrait of Countess Marta Sologashvili, Princess Eristavi, 1840-1842. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Grape harvesting, Between 1840 and 1847. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)

Grape harvesting, Between 1840 and 1847. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Grape harvesting, Between 1840 and 1847. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Princess Maria (Maiko) Orbeliani (1818-1849), 1840-1842

Portrait of Princess Maria (Maiko) Orbeliani (1818-1849), 1840-1842. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Portrait of Princess Maria (Maiko) Orbeliani (1818-1849), 1840-1842. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Count Sergey Vasilyevich Dolgorukov (1820-1853) at the Lars Station, 1840

Count Sergey Vasilyevich Dolgorukov (1820-1853) at the Lars Station, 1840. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Aul Chirkey, Dagestan, 1841. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)

Aul Chirkey, Dagestan, 1841. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Aul Chirkey, Dagestan, 1841. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Nikolay Petrovich Kolyubakin (1811-1868), 1849. Artist: Gagarin

Portrait of Nikolay Petrovich Kolyubakin (1811-1868), 1849. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
Portrait of Nikolay Petrovich Kolyubakin (1811-1868), 1849. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Illustration to the poem The Dream by M. Lermontov, Mid of the 19th century

Illustration to the poem The Dream by M. Lermontov, Mid of the 19th century. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: Portrait of Count Alexander Illarionovich Vasilchikov (1818-1881), 1841. Artist: Gagarin

Portrait of Count Alexander Illarionovich Vasilchikov (1818-1881), 1841. Artist: Gagarin
Portrait of Count Alexander Illarionovich Vasilchikov (1818-1881), 1841. Found in the collection of State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageGagarin Collection: The Baptism of Christ. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)

The Baptism of Christ. Artist: Gagarin, Grigori Grigorievich (1810-1893)
The Baptism of Christ. Found in the collection of Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageGagarin Collection: Launch of vostok 1 rocket carrying yuri gagarin, soon to be the first man in space, in 1961

Launch of vostok 1 rocket carrying yuri gagarin, soon to be the first man in space, in 1961, this is a still from a soviet film about the space program

Background imageGagarin Collection: Illustrated London News spread - Yuri Gagarin visit to UK

Illustrated London News spread - Yuri Gagarin visit to UK
Double page spread from the Illustrated London News reporting on the visit of Russian cosmonaut, Major Yuri Gagarin to London in July 1961



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"Yuri Gagarin: The First Man in Space and a Soviet Hero" In 1961, Yuri Gagarin made history as he embarked on an extraordinary journey onboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. As the first human to venture into space, his name became synonymous with courage and exploration. The image of Yuri Gagarin encapsulates the awe-inspiring moment when he soared above Earth's atmosphere. With a determined gaze and unwavering spirit, he paved the way for future astronauts to follow in his footsteps. After landing safely back on Earth, the Vostok 1 spacecraft stood as a testament to mankind's triumph over gravity. Its significance cannot be overstated; it marked humanity's leap into uncharted territories and ignited dreams of reaching for the stars. A Soviet poster commemorating Yuri Gagarin captures his iconic status as a national hero. It serves as a reminder of his bravery and symbolizes the collective pride felt by all who witnessed this historic achievement. One cannot forget about the innovative technology that enabled this incredible feat. The Vostok ejection seat played a crucial role in ensuring Gagarin's safety during launch and re-entry, showcasing remarkable engineering ingenuity. The launch itself was an unforgettable moment etched into history books forever. The sight of the Vostok 1 spacecraft ascending towards space filled hearts with anticipation and excitement, marking a new era in space exploration. Yuri Gagarin himself embodied not only scientific progress but also international diplomacy. His visit to Manchester, England in 1961 showcased how space travel transcends borders, fostering unity among nations through shared aspirations for discovery. Gazing at images of Yuri Gagarin alongside the mighty Vostok rocket reminds us of Russia's pivotal role in shaping our understanding of outer space. Moscow stands proud as its capital city while serving as a constant reminder of humanity's quest for knowledge beyond our planet.