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Yuri Gagarin before launch, 1961

Yuri Gagarin before launch, in his flight suit and helmet, in a bus heading toward the Vostok 1 launch site in Kazakhstan, USSR, on 12 April 1961. Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) was soon to become famous as the first man in space. He was launched in the Vostok 1 spacecraft and spent 1 hour and 48 minutes in Earth orbit. He crossed over Siberia, the Pacific Ocean, the tip of South America, and the southern Atlantic. Re-entry commenced over Africa, and Gagarin ejected from the spacecraft 7 kilometres up, over the Saratov region of Russia, parachuting safely to the ground. He became famous worldwide, and was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. He died in 1968 when the fighter plane he was flying crashed

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This print captures a pivotal moment in history as Yuri Gagarin, the legendary Russian cosmonaut, prepares for his groundbreaking journey into space. Taken on 12 April 1961, just moments before his historic launch aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, Gagarin is seen here donning his flight suit and helmet while seated inside a bus en route to the launch site in Kazakhstan. Yuri Gagarin's extraordinary mission marked humanity's first venture beyond Earth's atmosphere. Spending an awe-inspiring 1 hour and 48 minutes in orbit around our planet, he traversed vast distances over Siberia, the Pacific Ocean, South America, and the southern Atlantic. The re-entry phase commenced over Africa before Gagarin bravely ejected from the spacecraft at a staggering altitude of 7 kilometers above Russia's Saratov region. Safely parachuting back to Earth, he instantly became a global sensation and was rightfully hailed as a Hero of the Soviet Union. Tragically, Yuri Gagarin's life was cut short in 1968 when the fighter plane he was piloting crashed. However, his legacy lives on as an icon of human achievement and exploration. This remarkable image serves as a testament to both his courage and pioneering spirit that forever changed our understanding of what lies beyond our home planet.

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