The First Man in Space: Remembering Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

By on Apr 10, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, World Comments

Yuri Gagarin
Image Credit: nasa.gov

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin was the first man in space 50 years ago, on April 12, 1961. The 50th anniversary of this thrilling and extraordinary ride following the earth’s orbit will be remembered this April 12. This was reported by international news sites, April 9, 2011.

Yuri Gagarin had become an instant celebrity when he orbited the earth in his Vostok spacecraft and parachuted to safety as Vostok re-entered the earth’s atmosphere.

He had been widely interviewed and televised abroad about his experience as the first man in space. He died in March 27, 1968 however, at a young age of 34, when his jet had crashed during a training.

The commemoration rites will include the Yuri Walk, which coincides with the time of launching of Gagarin’s rocket in 1961 and the Rockets for Yuri– a mass rocket launching, among others. BBC will also feature a film entitled “The Orbit” which is apparently a movie based on Gagarin’s adventure.  A statue of Gagarin will also be unveiled in London in July of this year.

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s legacy still lives on as the world celebrates on April 12, 2011, the triumph of the first man in space.



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