Soviet Vostok-1

Soviet Vostok-1 spaceship with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board blasts off on top of Rocket R-7 for the first manned trip into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 27-year-old's 108-minute flight on April 12, 1961 is still remembered in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000025" title="Russia" href="/topic/international/russia-PLGEO00000025.topic">Russia</a> even after the USSR's collapse as its greatest national achievement.

( Getty Images / April 12, 1961 )

Soviet Vostok-1 spaceship with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board blasts off on top of Rocket R-7 for the first manned trip into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 27-year-old's 108-minute flight on April 12, 1961 is still remembered in Russia even after the USSR's collapse as its greatest national achievement.

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