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1st human in space...



Item # 629635

April 12, 1961

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, Massachusetts, April 12, 1961 

* Yuri Gagarin - Vostok 1 
* Soviet
cosmonaut 
* 1st human into outer space (1st report)
 

This 22 page newspaper has a nice historic banner headline on the front page: "Russia Orbits a Man and Returns Him to Earth" with subhead: "Feat Hailed as Greatest Achievement"

Tells of the very 1st human to be sent into outer space. (historic)

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning, otherwise in good condition. Nice for display.

wikipedia notes: On 12 April 1961, Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launching to orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1). His call sign in this flight was Kedr. During his flight, Gagarin famously whistled the tune "The Motherland Hears, The Motherland Knows". The first two lines of the song are: "The Motherland hears, the Motherland knows/Where her son flies in the sky". This patriotic song was written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1951, with words by Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky.

Around the same time, some Western sources claimed that Gagarin, during his space flight, had made the comment, "I don't see any God up here." However, no such words appear in the verbatim record of Gagarin's conversations with the Earth during the spaceflight. In a 2006 interview a close friend of Gagarin, Colonel Valentin Petrov, stated that Gagarin never said such words, and that the phrase originated from Nikita Khrushchev's speech at the plenum of the Central Committee of the CPSU, where the anti-religious propaganda was discussed. In a certain context Khrushchev said, "Gagarin flew into space, but didn't see any God there". Colonel Petrov also said that Gagarin had been baptised into the Orthodox Church as a child.

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