Yuri Gagarin: First Human in Space

Yuri Gagarin on his way to the launch pad.
April 9, 2018
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On April 12, 1961, the era of human spaceflight began when the Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in his Vostock I spacecraft. The flight lasted 108 minutes.

Front page of the Huntsville Times: Man Enters Space
Front page of the Huntsville, Ala., Times on April 12, 1961.