Yuri Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934 in a small village in western Russia. During his studies at the industrial technical center in the city of Saratov on the Volga, Gagarin became a member of the local aeroclub. He passes his first flight test on June 3, 1955. In the same year, Gagarin joins the USSR Armed Forces.
On April 12, 1961 at 9:07 a.m., Gagarin begins his orbit around the earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. After about 108 minutes, Gagarin lands safely near Saratov.
His flight made him the first person in space. He was a colonel in the Soviet Air Force and was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin died in an accident during a training flight with a MIG-15 . The exact circumstances are still unclear.
Due to his death, national mourning was declared. In the history of the Soviet Union, this previously existed only for deceased heads of state.
Yuri Gagarin's remains were buried at the Kremlin wall.
His name will live on forever.