Sixty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space in the Russian capsule Vostok 1. He completed one orbit of the Earth inside his small capsule on April 12, 1961. Gagarin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where Roscosmos Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS) are still being launched. The legend of the man who rose from humble beginnings to become a Soviet hero lives on today, and the day of Gagarin’s flight is celebrated every year in Russia as Cosmonautics Day. Congratulations to Roscosmos on this historical achievement from all of us at Space Iceland.
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