Friday, April 08, 2011

How the First Human Spaceflight Worked

Next Tuesday, April 12, will mark the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. On that date in 1961, Soviet Air Force pilot Yuri Gagarin completed one orbit of the Earth in his Vostok-1 spacecraft. Here is an excellent infographic from that shows how the mission worked:

See how the first human spaceflight actually occurred when the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961 in this infographic. Source All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

It would be almost a month later that Alan B. Shepard, Jr., would become the first American astronaut in space with a suborbital flight aboard the Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7. John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962, completing three orbits in his Friendship 7 spacecraft.

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