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Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space

On April 12, 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space. A melodramatic telling details Gagarin's historic flight.

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  • Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space
    Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space

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    On April 12, 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space. A melodramatic telling details Gagarin's historic flight.

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    The First Space Flight by a Woman

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    U.S. and Soviets Link Up in Space

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    JFK on First American to Orbit Earth

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    Flight of Faith 7 Spacecraft

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    Apollo 1 Tragedy

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    John F. Kennedy Sets Sights on Moon

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    In an address at Rice University on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy rallies support for the race to space by telling his fellow Americans that the reason we endeavor to go to the moon is "not because it is easy, but because it is hard."

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