Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space 60 years ago today

The Soviet cosmonaut made a dream a reality in 1961 when he spent 108 minutes orbiting the Earth

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
12th April, 2021
Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space 60 years ago today
Yuri Gagarin is still a hero in Russia. Picture: Getty

Yuri Gagarin proved the capabilities and limitations of humanity 60 years ago today, Emmet Ryan looks back on the legacy of the first person in space

The morning of April 12, 1961 marked the second big salvo in the space race. 60 years ago today, and less than 4 years after the first ever object created by humans went into space, Yuri Gagarin showed the stars were in our future.

As with all spacecraft of that era Vostok-1's technology is...

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