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April 12, 1961: the flight by Gagarin, first man in space

60 years ago he completed an orbit around the Earth

The landscape is absolutely beautiful and new, the Earth's surface changes color as it is illuminated by the black sky, where I can see the stars very well: these are the words spoken on April 12, 1961, exactly 60 years ago, by Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly in absolute space. Following this historic flight, which marked a milestone in the space race, Gagarin became an international celebrity and...

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