Official publicity leaflet printed by the Soviet Union (USSR) to celebrate the first manned space flight by the Vostok 1 spacecraft flown by Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin on 12 April 1961. The photograph shows Gagarin in his Soviet Air Force uniform. 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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