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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