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Yury Gagarin: Life of the First Man in Space in Pictures

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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, 2014, Yury Gagarin, the first man in space, would have celebrated his 80th birthday. Photo: Yury Gagarin inside the Vostok spacecraft before lifting off on April 12, 1961.

On March 9, 2014, Yury Gagarin, the first man in space, would have celebrated his 80th birthday.