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    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
    • Int'l Day of Human Space Flight: A Look at the First Trip to Space
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    In 1951, young Gagarin was selected for training at the Saratov Industrial Technical School, where he studied tractors. While in Saratov, the 17-year-old man volunteered for weekend training as a Soviet air cadet at a local flying club, where he learned to fly a biplane and a Yak-18 trainer aircraft.

    April 12 marks Cosmonautics Day in Russia and the International Day of Human Space Flight around the world. On this day in 1962, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin carried out the first human space flight. Take an inside look at this historic event that paved the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity.

    On April 12, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day every year; the event was established in 1962 to commemorate the first manned space flight. In 2011, the UN General Assembly declared April 12 to be the International Day of Human Space Flight, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first-ever human spaceflight.

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