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Yury Gagarin: Twenty-seven years and one day in the life of the first man in space

(updated 18:27 28.10.2014)
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“A pilot must fly, always fly,” Yury Gagarin wrote in his diary in the spring of 1968 shortly before his death in a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15-UTI Midget fighter crash. On March 9, 2011, Yuri Gagarin would have celebrated his 77th birthday. Photo: Yury Gagarin inside the Vostok spacecraft before lifting off on April 12, 1961.

“A pilot must fly, always fly,” Yury Gagarin wrote in his diary in the spring of 1968 shortly before his death in a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15-UTI Midget fighter crash. On March 9, 2011, Yuri Gagarin would have celebrated his 77th birthday.