Yuri Gagarin was born
March 9, 1934 (Klushino, Russia)
Died March 27, 1968 (Near Moscow, Russia).
In 1957 the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik,
the first man-made space satellite object.
Four years later, on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut (astronaut)
Yuri Gagarin made a successful orbit of Earth aboard the
As the first human to fly in space, Gagarin represented
a technical triumph for the Soviet Union.
Although Gagarin did not make another space flight,
he remained a national hero and a leader in Russia's cosmonaut
His death during a training mission in 1968 was mourned
throughout the Soviet Union.