This view of Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s capsule, the first to take a man into space, gives an idea of the limited interior space in which Gagarin traveled during his 108-minute mission. This is on display in a museum at Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. According to their website, visitors may touch the descent module. - Chris Orwoll
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story
by michael shinabery
Vostok-1, carrying Major Yuri Gagarin, was “approaching the southern apex of its orbit when the Soviet radio broke the news,” Sky and Telescope reported in June 1961. Gagarin, who was born on March 9, 1934, was riding aboard a capsule dubbed Swallow to become the first man in space.
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