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Ghosts in the Roscosmos
Conspiracy theorists ask: How many cosmonauts were really claimed by the early Soviet Space Program?
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.