[amsat-bb] On April 12, 1961 - Vostok 1, with Senior Lieutenant Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin

Tom Clarke clarket at iol.ie
Sat Apr 12 16:06:43 PDT 2008

On April 12, 1961 the first earthling escaped the gravity well of planet earth. In the spaceship Vostok 1, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin orbited earth one time at an altitude of 187 3/4 miles (302 kilometers) for 108 minutes at 18,000 miles an hour. He was the first man to see that the earth was indeed round, indeed mostly water, and indeed magnificent. 


Tom - Ei6EH


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