On the 12th of April 1961 the 27-year-old carpenter’s son Yuri Gagarin become the first human in space, aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 capsule. He circled the Earth once on a 108-minute space flight, before parachuting safely to ground in the Saratov region of the USSR. His foray into space is regarded as one of the 20th century’s most significant achievements.
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Source: ITAR TASS