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"Yuri's Night is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961. Gagarin made his historic 108-minute flight (orbiting around the whole Earth once) and parachute landed near his Vostok 1 capsule in the plains of Russia. This flight made him the first human to orbit the Earth and an international hero..." For more, check out the official event page for the space-themed blowout at NORAD on April 12, 2013. All photos by Ken Hamblin.
Published on April 14, 2013