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Yuri Gagarin: World's pioneer in space travel

April 12, 16:54 UTC+3

April 12, 2018 marks 57 years since the Soviet Union shook the world by sending the first cosmonaut into space

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Yuri Gagarin pictured during his study in Saratov aviation school, 1955
Yuri Gagarin pictured during his study in Saratov aviation school, 1955
Yuri Gagarin pictured during his study in Saratov aviation school, 1955
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In 1960, after an extensive search and selection process, Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program
In 1960, after an extensive search and selection process, Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program
In 1960, after an extensive search and selection process, Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program
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Yuri Gagarin seen during his preparations for the space flight, Baikonur cosmodrome, April 12, 1961
Yuri Gagarin seen during his preparations for the space flight, Baikonur cosmodrome, April 12, 1961
Yuri Gagarin seen during his preparations for the space flight, Baikonur cosmodrome, April 12, 1961
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The Vostok spacecraft with Gagarin aboard blasted off from the Baikonur space site at 09:07 Moscow time on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted one hundred and eight minutes
The Vostok spacecraft with Gagarin aboard blasted off from the Baikonur space site at 09:07 Moscow time on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted one hundred and eight minutes
The Vostok spacecraft with Gagarin aboard blasted off from the Baikonur space site at 09:07 Moscow time on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted one hundred and eight minutes
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First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin signing autographs in the Grand Kremlin Palace, 1961
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin signing autographs in the Grand Kremlin Palace, 1961
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin signing autographs in the Grand Kremlin Palace, 1961
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First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin officially welcomed in Vnukovo airport, 1961
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin officially welcomed in Vnukovo airport, 1961
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin officially welcomed in Vnukovo airport, 1961
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First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev greets cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at Vnukovo Airport, 1961
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev greets cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at Vnukovo Airport, 1961
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev greets cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at Vnukovo Airport, 1961
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Motorcade escorts First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his official welcome in Moscow, 1961
Motorcade escorts First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his official welcome in Moscow, 1961
Motorcade escorts First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his official welcome in Moscow, 1961
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First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1961
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1961
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1961
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The first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with his family, 1961
The first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with his family, 1961
The first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with his family, 1961
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Yuri Gagarin pictured during his study in Saratov aviation school, 1955
© TASS
In 1960, after an extensive search and selection process, Gagarin was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program
© V.Baturin/TASS
Yuri Gagarin seen during his preparations for the space flight, Baikonur cosmodrome, April 12, 1961
© TASS
The Vostok spacecraft with Gagarin aboard blasted off from the Baikonur space site at 09:07 Moscow time on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted one hundred and eight minutes
© TASS
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin signing autographs in the Grand Kremlin Palace, 1961
© Vladimir Savostyanov/TASS
First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin officially welcomed in Vnukovo airport, 1961
© Leonid Velikzhanin/TASS
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev greets cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at Vnukovo Airport, 1961
© TASS
Motorcade escorts First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his official welcome in Moscow, 1961
© TASS
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1961
© Valery Gende-Rote/TASS
The first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with his family, 1961
© TASS

The Vostok spacecraft with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard blasted off from the Baikonur space site at 09:07 Moscow time on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted one hundred and eight minutes. The spacecraft orbited the Earth once. See the images of the first man in space to mark the day when the era of human spaceflight began 

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