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The World Celebrates 60 Years of Human Space Flight

Posted by Guy Pirro 04/20/2021 08:28PM

The World Celebrates 60 Years of Human Space Flight

Sixty Years ago, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human in space. On April 12, 1961, his remotely controlled Vostok 1 spacecraft lofted him to an altitude of about 200 miles and carried him once around the planet. The world learned about the first manned flight into space through a brief communiqué from the Soviet TASS News Agency. Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space less than a month later.


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