Stories tagged Yuri Gagarin

Apr
12
2008

It's lonely out in space / on such a timeless flight: It was 47 years ago today that Lt. Gagarin rode a rocket ship into history, burning out his fuse up here alone.
It's lonely out in space / on such a timeless flight: It was 47 years ago today that Lt. Gagarin rode a rocket ship into history, burning out his fuse up here alone.Courtesy NASA

On April 12, 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (and how long has it been since you've heard that particular sequence of words?) became the first human being in outer space. Tonight, people in 50 countries on 7 continents are planning parties to celebrate. Don't miss out on the fun! And start planning now for the big 50th anniversary celebration in just three years.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1). Also,the first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, was launched April 12, 1981.