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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 217978

 
YURI GAGARIN
Scarce and desirable signature of the Russian cosmonaut on this illustrated biography
Book signed: "Gagarin" in Russian. To the Stars! Published by the Novosti Press Agency, Moscow, 64pp, 8½x10. No date but circa 1961-1962. Copiously illustrated biography of the first two Soviet cosmonauts, Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov, signed on the cover by the first man to travel in space: Yuri Gagarin. Text is in Russian, English, Spanish, German, and French. Colorful cover in yellow and gold. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin orbited the Earth once, returning to Earth 1 hour 48 minutes after launch. He was Deputy to the Supreme Soviet from 1962 until 1968 when he died in a plane crash. Russia's third flight in space was in August 1962, so this book was published before that date as it identifies Gagarin and Titov as Russia's only cosmonauts. Fine condition.


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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN
Born: March 9, 1934 in Klushino / Smolensk Oblast / Russia
Died: March 27, 1968 in Novoselovo / Vladimir Oblast / Russia


Colonel Yuri A. Gagarin was born on a collective farm in a region west of Moscow, Russia on March 9, 1934. His father was a carpenter. Yuri attended the local school for six years and continued his education at vocational and technical schools.

Yuri Gagarin joined the Russian Air Force in 1955 and graduated with honors from the Soviet Air Force Academy in 1957. Soon afterward, he became a military fighter pilot. By 1959, he had been selected for cosmonaut training as part of the first group of USSR cosmonauts.

Yuri Gagarin flew only one space mission. On April 12, 1961 he became the first human to orbit Earth. Gagarin's spacecraft, Vostok 1, circled Earth at a speed of 27,400 kilometers per hour. The flight lasted 108 minutes. At the highest point, Gagarin was about 327 kilometers above Earth.

Once in orbit, Yuri Gagarin had no control over his spacecraft. Vostok's reentry was controlled by a computer program sending radio commands to the space capsule. Although the controls were locked, a key had been placed in a sealed envelope in case an emergency situation made it necessary for Gagarin to take control. As was planned, Cosmonaut Gagarin ejected after reentry into Earth's atmosphere and landed by parachute.

Colonel Yuri Gagarin died on March 27, 1968 when the MiG-15 he was piloting crashed near Moscow. At the time of his death, Yuri Gagarin was in training for a second space mission.




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