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April 12, 2011

50th Anniversary of the First Human Spaceflight

Yuri Gagarin
Source: NASA

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The rocket carrying Gagarin's Vostok 1 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soviet Union, reaching unprecedented speeds for human travel at the time before it broke free of the Earth's gravitational pull and entered orbit around the planet, circling once before re-entering the atmosphere and landing back on Soviet soil.

Vostok rocket on its launcher
© AP Photo/File
Source: AP Images

YouTube is celebrating 50 years of human spaceflight with the premiere of an hour-and-a-half long video, First orbit, that recreates, in real-time, Yuri Gagarin's flight. It was shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard.

Posted by verdiyan at April 12, 2011 12:00 PM


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