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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Weird GOOGLE today: Yuri Gagarin


Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (RussianЮ́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин,[1] Russian pronunciation: [ˈjurʲɪj ɐlʲɪˈksʲeɪvʲɪtɕ ɡɐˈɡarʲɪn]; 9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 121961.
Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and honours, including Hero of the Soviet UnionVostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup to theSoyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when a Mig 15 training jet he was piloting crashed. contunue

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