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Yuri Gagarin: World's pioneer in space travel

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

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