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Yuri's Night: Cosmic Parties Celebrate 1st Man in Space This Week

This week, space geeks around the world will celebrate the historic flight that made Yuri Gagarin the first person to leave the confines of Earth 52 years ago. Full story

1st Man in Space: Film, Parties & Twitter Event to Honor Yuri Gagarin Thursday

For more than five decades, humans have been suiting up and riding rockets to escape the bonds of Earth, but the anniversary of that historic first flight — which blasted off 51 years ago this week— takes center stage on Thursday (April 12). Full story

Vintage Soviet Space Capsule Sold for Record $2.9 Million

NEW YORK - A vintage Vostok space capsule is headed back to its homeland with its new Russian owner, who bought the relic of the early days of human spaceflight for nearly $2.9 million during Sotheby's auction Tuesday (April 12). It is believed to be the most anyone has ever paid for a space artifac Full story

Earthlings unite!

   Rachel Maddow notes the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned trip into space.

Day in history: April 12

   On this day, April 12th, former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died, the catcher’s mitt was introduced to baseball for the very first time, and Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Celebrity birthdays include the author Tom Clancy and talk show host David Letterman.

A candid look at Yuri Gagarin

   Fifty years ago, a young Soviet Cosmonaut called Yuri Gagarin was blasted into space and into the history books. His may be a well known story but ITV's Lawrence McGinty, has some fascinating facts that have stayed secret for all those years.

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  Cosmonaut Gagarin 'became a National Hero'

On the 50th Anniversary of the first man in space, Cathy Lewis, Smithsonian International Space curator talks in her own words about Yuri Gagarin’s legacy as the first man to survive the gravitational forces of space.

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U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy pays his respects at the tomb of Yuri Gagarin, the first man to journey into space, on Moscow's Red Square, March 7, 2013. Cassidy is part of a three man crew scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station on March 28. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov (RUSSIA -

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U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy signs a guest book in the former office of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, at the Star City space centre outside Moscow, March 7, 2013. Cassidy is part of a three-man crew scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station on March 28. REUTERS/Sergei

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a power station near a monument of Yuri Gagarin in Moscow
Smoke billows from the chimneys of a power station near a monument of Yuri Gagarin in Moscow

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a power station near a monument of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, in Moscow January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky (RUSSIA - Tags: ENERGY SOCIETY)

A municipal worker washes the upper part of the to 70-meter high monument to Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, at the Gagarin Square in Moscow, on April 11, 2012. Russia celebrated today Aviation and Cosmonautics Day, the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin making the first manned space flight in 1961.