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Today, 45 years from the date of the first manned flight into space

April 12 2006
06:59

Today marks the 45 anniversary of the first manned flight into space. April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union orbited the Earth spaceship-satellite "East", by Yuri Gagarin.

Booster "Vostok 8K72K" started with the first launch complex Baikonur.

The flight lasted 1 hour 48 minutes. The landing ship made one orbit around the Earth and landed in the Saratov region. At an altitude of several kilometers from the earth Gagarin ejected and landed by parachute near the lander.

Gagarin, Hero of the Soviet Union. April 12 became a national holiday - Day of Astronautics, RBC reports.

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