First man in space 50th anniversary – and the new Google Doodle

April 12th 1961 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission.

On that day, back in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.

Today, the Google Doodle celebration, along with a Vostok launchpad!

Check space-race related topics here.

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