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AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

Apr. 12, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first person in space 60 years ago. Gagarin’s...

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

Apr. 12, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.” Gagarin didn’t know that...