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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 259186

 
YURI GAGARIN
The first man to travel in space signs this postcard photo (4x5¾)
Photograph signed: "Gagarin" in Russian. B/w, 4x5¾. Photo postcard depicts the Ukraina Hotel in Moscow. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) became the first man in space aboard Vostok 1. His flight of one Earth orbit lasted only 1 hour and 48 minutes. Upon his return, Gagarin was celebrated as a hero in the Soviet Union; monuments were raised to him and streets named in his honor. Sadly, Gagarin would never make it to space again. He was in training for another mission when the Mig-15 he was piloting crashed in 1968. Lightly creased and soiled. Worn at edges. Notes on verso (unknown hand). Otherwise, 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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