Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space on April 12, 1961 in a Cold War-era humiliation for the US. Gagarin’s pioneering, single-orbit flight made him a hero in the Soviet Union and an international celebrity. Six decades later, Russia is marking the launch with ceremonies in Saint Petersburg and other cities.
Russia marks 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space mission
April 12, 2021europe