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    Yuri Gagarin Becomes First Human to Orbit the Earth on This Day in 1961

    On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet Air Force pilot, became the first human to orbit the Earth. Gagarin’s flight lasted 108 minutes and he traveled at a speed of around 17,500 miles per hour. The spacecraft, called Vostok 1, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

    Gagarin’s flight was a major milestone in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. It demonstrated Soviet technological superiority in space exploration and marked the first time a human had left Earth’s atmosphere.

    Gagarin’s accomplishment made him an international hero and a symbol of the Soviet Union’s scientific and technological prowess. He continued to work as a test pilot and was selected for a second space mission, but tragically died in a plane crash in 1968 at the age of 34.

    Today, Yuri Gagarin is remembered as a pioneering figure in space exploration and his legacy continues to inspire future generations of astronauts and cosmonauts.

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