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Vostok 1: 60th anniversary of historic first human spaceflight

Yuri Gagarin with backup cosmonaut with Gherman Titov sitting behind him

Sixty years ago on Monday, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a variation of a rocket originally designed to launch nuclear weapons to become the first person to orbit the Earth. Though his flight lasted only one hour and 48 minutes, it was an historic event that ranks right up there with when the first fish decided to take a step on dry land.

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Category: Space, Science

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