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Yuri Gagarin on his way to the launch pad
Science & Exploration

27 March

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1968: On 27 March 1968, Yury Alekseyevich Gagarin died.

Gagarin was a Soviet cosmonaut who on 12 April 1961 became the first person to travel into space. He orbited Earth once in 1 hour 29 minutes at a maximum altitude of 301 kilometres. He never went into space again but trained other cosmonauts and toured several other nations.

Gagarin was killed with another pilot in the crash of a two-seat jet aircraft while on a routine training flight.

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