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Stepping into the ‘Beyond’: New book celebrates 60th anniversary of first man in space

Today (April 12) marks the 60th anniversary of the daring launch that despatched the first human into space, paving the approach for manned space exploration of the cosmos. 

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin turned the first individual to depart Earth’s orbit and journey into space. His historic flight lasted 108 minutes, throughout which he orbited Earth in the Soviet Union’s Vostok spacecraft, guided totally by an automated management system. This superb feat set a major milestone in the space race, as competitors grew between the United States and the Soviet Union to develop extra superior spaceflight capabilities. With the success of Gagarin’s flight, the Soviet Union had overwhelmed the United States at placing a human in space by nearly three weeks, with American astronaut Alan Shepard’s suborbital flight on May 5, 1961 

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