On April 12, 1961 - Vostok 1, with Senior Lieutenant Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin

From: Tom Clarke (clarket@iol.ie)
Date: Sat Apr 12 2008 - 23:19:25 UTC

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    On April 12, 1961 the first earthling escaped the gravity well of planet 
    earth. In the spaceship Vostok 1, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin 
    orbited earth one time at an altitude of 187 3/4 miles (302 kilometers) for 
    108 minutes at 18,000 miles an hour. He was the first man to see that the 
    earth was indeed round, indeed mostly water, and indeed magnificent.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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