Vostok 1: First Man in Space

On April 12, 1961 Soviet spacecraft Vostok 1 sent Yuri Gagarin to space for the first time in human history. “During prelaunch preparations, it was decided to paint “СССР” on Gagarin’s helmet in large red letters as a form of identification after landing so that any local police or security personnel who spotted him would know he wasn’t a foreign agent parachuted from an aircraft into the Soviet Union”. This mission is arguably as important as the Apollo mission which landed Niel Armstrong on the moon.fb49026ad5ee07d335b035cc7719282a

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