Source: Sputnik news.
April 12, 1961, will always be remembered in history as the day when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was only 27 years old at the time, became the first man in space. Sputnik remembers Gagarin and his historic flight by sharing 10 commonly unknown facts about the world’s first cosmonaut.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first man in outer space when the Vostok-1 spacecraft with the Soviet cosmonaut on board was launched from the Baikonur space center on April 12, 1961, at 6:07 AM local time, marking a new era in human history.
1. Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934, in the village of Klushino, which was later renamed Gagarin, in the Smolensk District in the western part of Russia. Gagarin was the third of four children in his family, with his two older siblings deported to a Nazi concentration camp and used as slaves.
2. As nobody could guarantee that Gagarin would be able to work in weightlessness, the Vostok-1 spacecraft was fully automatic. The cosmonaut was given a special code with which Gagarin could activate manual controls of the spaceship in case of an emergency.