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On Monday, April 12, it will be sixty years since Soviet Yuri Gagarin entered history to become the first man in space. Take a look at this episode that represents the beginnings of a space invasion in the middle of the Cold War.
Yuri Gagarin’s smile before takeoff impresses. If he was chosen from among the elite Soviet combat pilots, it was also due to his nerves of steel. On April 12, 1961, the mission was classified. At the age of 27, Gagarin got on top of a missile designed to propel a nuclear charge. Nobody can say if he will survive and the most optimistic does not give him half a chance.
Throughout the ascent, ground teams reassure. “Gagarin’s first words reflect the wonderful adventure of space travel (…) Thank you Gagarin for opening the door for us to this new adventure in human history,” Tells Jean-Francois Clervoy, the astronaut. The capsule is spinning at 28,000 km / h while the Soviet Union finally officially announced the attempt. In the midst of the Cold War, the whole world was stunned, and the United States humiliated.