On this day,50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin was about to see what no one else in all of Earth's history had ever seen:
The Earth from Space.
Launch of the Vostock 1 April 12th 1961
Yuri's control panel.
He took his first soloflight in 1955.
Like any good pilot, Yuri enjoyed a well-engineered, fast car.
Vostock 1 Monument Engels,Russia
On March 27, 1968, at age 34, Yuri Gagarin was killed when the jet he was test piloting crashed. His death was mourned by the world, as his ashes were buried alongside other Soviet heroes in the Kremlin Wall.
In July of 1971, the astronauts of the Apollo 15 mission visited the moon and left behind a plaque in memory of the 14 men, Russian and American, that had died leading mankind into space.
In honor of his great contributions to space exploration, a crater on the moon was named after him.
Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin had made his mark on history.