Seen here is the small Vostok 1 capsule which Gagarin flew in. The dangerous mission almost ended in disaster when the capsule had difficulty separating from the final stage of the rocket until just before re-entry. Gagarin was forced to eject from the Vostok 1 during re-entry and use his own parachute. Every year, people celebrate Yuri's night on April 12. See more photos about Gagarin's historic flight, which made him the most famous person on the planet.
April 14, 2012 3:59 AM PDT
Photo by: RKK Energiya museum
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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