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    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • Yuri Gagarin bidding farewell to friends before flying to space. A still from the film 10 Years of the Space Exploration Era
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
    • 10 Facts You Didn't Know About First Man in Outer Space Yuri Gagarin
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    The flight of "Vostok-1" was absolutely automatic as nobody could give a guarantee that the cosmonaut would be able to work in the conditions of weightlessness. Gagarin was given a special code that allowed activation of manual controls of the spaceship in an emergency situation.

    Above: Yuri Gagarin in engineering laboratory of Cosmonaut training center, Star City, 1964.

    The first man in outer space, Yuri Gagarin, was born on March 9, 1934. Gagarin entered history on April 12, 1961 when the spacecraft "Vostok-1" with the Soviet cosmonaut on board was launched from the Baikonur space center. Sputnik presents you a photo gallery with unknown facts about the legend of space exploration.

     

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