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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. He took off at 12.07 local time and made one orbit of the Earth, landing 108 minutes later. This was Gagarins only flight into space. He died in 1968 whilst on a training flight in a military jet

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1961 April Astronaut Capsule Cockpit Cold Cosmonaut Gagarin Harness Helmet Orbit Pioneer Portrait Russia Russian Safety Soviet Spacesuit Square Strap Suit Vostok Yuri Alekseyevich Alexeyevich


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This print captures the historic moment of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight. Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a true pioneer in space exploration, is seen here inside the capsule of the Vostok 1 spacecraft. The year was 1961 when Gagarin embarked on this groundbreaking journey, forever etching his name in history. With his spacesuit and helmet on, Gagarin exudes an air of determination and courage as he prepares to venture into the unknown. The cockpit surrounding him symbolizes both the excitement and risks associated with space travel during that era. Gagarin's mission lasted just over two hours but left an indelible mark on humanity's quest for knowledge beyond our planet. This single orbit around Earth showcased not only Soviet technological prowess but also sparked dreams of interstellar exploration worldwide. Tragically, Gagarin's life was cut short in 1968 while he was training for another flight in a military jet. However, his legacy lives on as an inspiration to future generations of astronauts and cosmonauts who continue to push boundaries and explore new frontiers. This remarkable photograph by SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY serves as a powerful reminder of Yuri Gagarin's extraordinary achievements and contributions to space exploration—a testament to human curiosity, bravery, and our relentless pursuit of knowledge about the universe we inhabit.

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