Tonight Is The 51st Anniversary Of Yuri Gagarin’s Historic Flight.

by Daniel Russ on April 12, 2012

Yuri Gagarin, First Man In Space

Yuri Gagarin ( March 9th, 1934 – March 27th, 1968)

Yuri Gagarin was born in Klushino, near Smolensk on 9 March 1934. The adjacent town of Gzhatsk was renamed Gagarin in 1968 in his honour. His parents, Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, worked on a collective farm. Both were laborers but both were well read and fairly educated. Yuri was the third of four children and the family suffered privations when the German Army occupied their home. The Gagarins literally built a mud hut and lived in it while Germans operated out of their home during the war.

 

After the war he entered the Soviet Air Forces, after he learned to fly as a hobby. He was later trained to fly the MIG 15. In the late 1950s, he was selected for the cosmonaut program and  on Aril 12th, 1961 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first man to fly into space. He ascended and orbited the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes in the Vostok I craft.

 

He died in 1968 testing a MIG-15.

 

In honor of his heroic flight, people around the world dance at all night parties.

 

Yuri Gagarin Night.

 

Yuri Gagarin, First man in space

Yuri Gagarin

 

 

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