1961: Gagarin – First Man in Space

Gagarin Space Suit

Gagarin in his space suit.
Credit: Russian Institute of Radionavigation and Time.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet cosmonaut. He became the first person in space and the first to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Gagarin Capsule

Gagarin’s space capsule. Credit: SiefkinDR via CC-BY-SA-3.0.