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Yuri Gagarin air crash details emerge

New details have emerged about the air crash on 27 March 1968 that killed Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space.
Fellow cosmonaut Alexey Leonov claims an "unauthorised" plane flew too close to Gagarin's fighter jet, sending it into a spin.
Gagarin and his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died when their MiG-15 went down near the town of Novoselovo, about 90km from Moscow.

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Gagarin Statue Lands At NASA's Birthplace

Former space-race foes from Russia and the United States have inaugurated a bronze statue in Texas of Soviet space pioneer Yury Gagarin to accompany one nearby of John Glenn in a salute to the first two men to orbit the Earth.
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Yuri Gagarin statue to take up residence at Royal Observatory

A statue of Yuri Gagarin, the Russian astronaut who in April 1961 became the first man to look down on Earth from outer space, is to find a permanent home in London at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
The statue was a gift to the people of Britain from Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, to mark the 50th anniversary of manned space flight.

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1961 - First Man in Space (Yuri Gagarin with the Vostok 1 Rocket)

Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961. 
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Gagarin statue unveiled in London

A statue has been unveiled in London to celebrate the first spaceman - Yuri Gagarin.
The figure, which has been placed just off The Mall, next to Admiralty Arch, features the cosmonaut in his flight suit and standing on a globe.
Gagarin shook the world when it was announced on 12 April 1961 that he had circled the Earth in a spacecraft.

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Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, then just 27 years old, became the first human to journey into outer space. Gagarin, strapped inside of his Vostok spacecraft, completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961, instantly making himself a subject of international conversation. Before he died seven years later when a training jet crashed outside of Chkalovsky Air Base, Gagarin was awarded numerous medals and honours.
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Vostok 1 (Russian: Boctok-1, East 1 or Orient 1) was the first spaceflight in the Vostok program and the first human spaceflight in history. The Vostok 3KA spacecraft was launched on April 12, 1961. The flight took Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union, into space.
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First Orbit



A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, 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



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Russia celebrates space flight anniversary



April 12 marks 50 years since Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to fly in space.



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First man in space Yuri Gagarin 'wanted to fly again'

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin turned in to an international icon when he became the first man to travel in to space 50 years ago. In her first interview with Western media, his daughter Elena Gagarina explains how his historic mission changed their lives forever.
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