Yuri Gagarin

  • Secrets of the First Manned Spaceflight

    On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space; his mission lasted 108 minutes and he made one orbit around the globe. Upon his return to Earth, he was lauded as a hero.

  • The Newsreel Americans Saw After the Soviets Sent a Man to Space

    Two days after Gagarin's historic orbit around the Earth, this newsreel, headlined "Soviets Hail Space Hero," gave Americans a look at Moscow in the throes of jubilation as the Soviets defeated the West in the early laps of the space race. "Films like...