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Vostok 1 (first manned spaceflight in history, launched on April 12, 1961 from Baikonur Cosmodrome with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin)

Vostok 1 (Russian: East 1 or Orient - the first spaceflight in the Vostok program and the first human spaceflight in history

See how the first human spaceflight actually occurred when the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961.

See how the first human spaceflight actually occurred when the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 on April Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth for 108 minutes to usher in the age of human spaceflight

Russian 1961 R-7 Vostok-1 vs US 1962 Mercury-Redstone and other early space rockets. Source: Eureka: El error de Sájarov o por qué la Unión Soviética alcanzó el espacio antes que los EEUU

Russian 1961 (Moon rocket) vs US 1962 Mercury-Redstone and other early space rockets

Vostok1 Launch (Yuri Gararin)

Apr 12 1961 First Human in Space Vostok 1 (Russian: East 1 or Orient was the first spaceflight in the Vostok program and the first human spaceflight in history.

April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

On April Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin blasted off in Vostok beccoming the first human to orbit the earth.

Surprising facts about Vostok 1, the mission that made Yuri Gagarin the first man in space.

6 Surprising Facts About the First Manned Space Mission

Surprising facts about Vostok 1, the mission that made Yuri Gagarin the first man in space.

VOSTOK 1 Soviet Space Program Sleeve Patch BOCTOK - The Vostok programme (Russian: Восто́к, translated as Orient or East) was a Soviet  human spaceflight project that succeeded in putting a person into Earth  orbit for the first time. The programme developed the Vostok spacecraft from the Zenit spy satellite project and adapted the Vostok rocket from an existing ICBM design. Just before the first release of the name Vostok to the press, it was a classified word.

VOSTOK 1 Soviet Space Program Sleeve Patch BOCTOK - The Vostok programme (Russian: Восто́к, translated as Orient or East) was a Soviet human spaceflight project that succeeded in putting a person into Earth orbit for the first time. The programme developed the Vostok spacecraft from the Zenit spy satellite project and adapted the Vostok rocket from an existing ICBM design. Just before the first release of the name Vostok to the press, it was a classified word.

Spacecraft Vostok-1 - East-1 - Of Yury Gagarin

Spacecraft of Yury Gagarin against the background of blue sky. The spacecraft serves now as a monument to the Soviet space exploration era at National Exhibition Center in Moscow, Russia.

Launch of "Vostok 1", Russian spacecraft, from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The first manned space flight with Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut. 12 April 1961.  #space #Russian #cosmonaut

Launch of "Vostok Russian spacecraft, from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The first manned space flight with Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut.

April 12, 1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in the capsule of Vostok 1, moments before he became the first human in space.

28 Iconic Pictures That Defined The Cold War

April 12, 1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in the capsule of Vostok 1, moments before he became the first human in space.

Image of Gagarin's capsule The Vostok 1 capsule now on display in the RKK Energiya Museum, Moscow. (Image credit: via Wikimedia) http://www.armaghplanet.com

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin: 108 Minutes that Changed the World The Russian pilot blasted off in his Vostok spacecraft and completed one orbit of planet earth before returning to the Soviet Union.

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Vostok 1 orbited Earth at a maximum altitude of 187 miles and was guided entirely by an automatic control system. The only statement attributed to Gagarin during his one hour and 48 minutes in space was, "Flight is proceeding normally;