“I see Earth! It is so beautiful!"
12 April 2012
“The world’s first spaceship, Vostok, with a man on board, was launched into orbit from the Soviet Union on
12 April 1961. The pilot of the satellite-spaceship Vostok is a citizen of the USSR, Flight Major Yuri Gagarin.”
To the world of 1961, this was an electrifying announcement, made while Gagarin was still in space. The Americans were stunned, but the congratulations they sent to Moscow were genuine. This historic 108-minute flight, orbiting once around Earth, made Gagarin the first human in space, and an international hero. He was only 27 years old.