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Gagarin

Yuri Alexeievich Gagarin

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Born: 9 March 1934 at Klushino
Parents: Alexei Ivanovich & Anna Timofeyevna
Call sign: Cedar
Flight: Vostok 1, 12 April 1961
Flight hours: 1:48
Family: Married Valya. Two daughters Lena & Galya
Rank: Colonel
Died: 27 March 1968

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In the spring of 1955, Gagarin graduated as a foundryman-technician, and also received his ground school diploma from a nearby flying school. He graduated two years later as a pilot, first-class. He then joined the Soviet Air Force and served as a fighter-pilot.
In 1959, Lieutenant Gagarin applied for admission to the astronaut training group. On his 26th birthday he was transferred to the cosmonaut team.
Gagarin became the first man in space on 12 April 1961. The fiight, on-board Vostok 1, lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes. He completed 1 orbit of the Earth. NASA astronauts didn't complete an orbit until their third flight.
The controls on Vostock 1 were locked to prevent Gagarin from taking control. There was, however, a key available in a sealed envelope in case of emergency. His description of the Earth was, "the sky looks very, very dark and the Earth is bluish".
It is reported that Gagarin experienced 10g's on re-entry with the temperature on the outside reaching 2000 degrees.
It appears that sometime after his historic flight, Yuri lost his flight status. He began flying again under supervision in early March 1968. On March 27, he and Colonel Vladimir Seryogin took off in a Mig 15 at 10.19 AM. Several minutes later a request to change course was requested and granted. Nothing more was heard from them. The Mig's smoking wreckage was found later with the chronometer stopped at 10.31.
It was revealed in 1984 that his body was never found.
A short but historic life.