Summary

Official Soviet government publication to celebrate the first manned space flight by the Vostok 1 spacecraft flown by cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin on 12 April 1961. Published by the Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow. This illustrated booklet shows the preparations and aftermath of the first manned flight into space.

Yuri Gagarin was feted as a national hero on his return to earth. He was promoted to the command of the Soviet cosmonaut program and was training to return to space with the first Soyuz missions when he was killed in the crash of a MiG-15UTI training jet in March 1968.

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