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Old 04-13-2011, 01:03 AM
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Exclamation Pics: 50 years since Yuri Gagarin went to space

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On April 12, 1961, the Vostok spacecraft took the first ever human being, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, into space.

Photo: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin wearing his helmet for the first ever manned flight in space. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Gagarin's spaceship made a single orbit of the earth as the experts were not willing to take a chance due to the fact that in earlier flights by dogs the problems were registered after third-fourth orbit, Rossiya 24 channel reported in its Cosmonautics programme devoted to the golden jubilee of the first human space flight.

Photo: Major Yuri Gagarin seen coming down a ladder from a spacecraft after his successful space flight, the world's first. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Recently Russia declassified documents that shed light on Gagarin's death in a test flight onboard a new MiG-15 fighter jet in 1968.

Photo: Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin, during his visit to Admiralty House, London, where he met the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Kremlin's archives official Alexander Stepanov told a news conference last Friday that a Soviet-era commission had concluded that a sharp manoeuvre to avoid a weather balloon was the cause of crash of Gagarin's jet.

Photo: Soviet cosmonaut and the first man to travel in space, Yury Alekseyvich Gagarin (1934 - 1968) arriving in London for a Russian trade fair. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Getty Images)
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Gagarin died on March 27, 1968, when a Mig fighter jet carrying him and instructor Vladimir Seryogin crashed in the Vladimir region near Moscow while on a training flight.

Photo: Yuri Gagarin on returning to earth after his historic flight to space on April 12, 1961 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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