During the flight of Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, Gargarin completed a single orbit of the planet Earth in approximately 108 minutes (Photo: Russian Federal Space Agency)
April 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the first man in space (Photo: NASA)
A remarkable milestone in human history took place exactly 50 years ago today when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. During the flight of Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, Gagarin, then 27, completed a single orbit of Earth in approximately 108 minutes. His flight begun at Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan and ended with his safe arrival by parachute in the Saratov region of central Russia, where he was famously welcomed back to our planet with a hospitable offer of bread and milk by Anna Takhtarova and her four-year-old granddaughter Margarita.
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