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17-Yuri Gagarin

  • Yuri Gagarin – Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Wikipedia
  • Born: March 9, 1934, Klushino, Russia
    Died: March 27, 1968, Kirzhach, Russia
    Space missions: Vostok 1
    Full name: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
    Height: 5′ 2″ (1.57 m).

Iuri Alekseievitch Gagarin [em russo: Юрий Алексеевич ГагаринNota 1 ] (* Kluchino, 9 de março de 1934 — † Kirjatch, 27 de março de 1968) foi um cosmonauta soviético e o primeiro homem a viajar pelo espaço, em 12 de abril de 19611 , a bordo da Vostok 1, que tinha 4,4 m de comprimento, 2,4 m de diâmetro e pesava 4.725 quilos kg2 . Esta espaçonave possuía dois módulos: o módulo de equipamentos (com instrumentos, antenas, tanques e combustível para os retrofoguetes) e a cápsula onde ficou o cosmonauta.

“I am a friend, comrades, a friend!”    —  First words upon returning to earth, to a woman and a girl near where his capsule landed (12 April 1961) The woman asked: “Can it be that you have come from outer space?” to which Gagarin replied: “As a matter of fact, I have!” As quoted in The Air Up There : More Great Quotations on Flight (2003) by Dave English, p. 118

“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”  —  Russian phrase, handwritten and signed after his historic spaceflight, photo of facsimile published in Syny goluboi planety 3rd.edition (1981) by L. Lebedev, A. Romanov, and B/ Luk’ianov; the first edition was translated into English as Sons of the Blue Planet (1973) by L. A. Lebedev

A little more about Yuri Gagarin:

On 27 March 1968, while on a routine training flight from Chkalovsky Air Base, he and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died in a MiG-15UTI crash near the town of Kirzhach. The bodies of Gagarin and Seryogin were cremated and the ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin on Red Square.

Mankind’s first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961.
It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.”
However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend.
In fact, “Gagarin was a baptized faithful throughout all his life,” says General Valentin Petrov, Professor of the Russian Air Force Academy and a personal friend of the cosmonaut. “He always confessed God whenever he was provoked, no matter where he was.”
“That famous phrase which has been ascribed to him, well, in actual fact it was Khrushchev who had said it,” says Petrov. ”It was heard during a meeting of the Central Committee, whose desire it was to promulgate anti-religious propaganda.
“Khrushchev had mockingly addressed the following words: ‘Why didn’t you step on the brakes in front of God? Here is Gagarin, who flew up to space, and yet, even he didn’t see God anywhere.’
“Immediately after that, those words were placed into another’s mouth, because the people would have believed more in Gagarin’s words than Khrushchev’s,” says Petrov.
In fact, Gagarin should be remembered for completely different words, says his friend:
” I always remember that Yuri Gagarin said: “An astronaut cannot be suspended in space and not have God in his mind and his heart.”
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