Iurij Gagarin-50 years in space

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    Fifty years ago, 12-04-1961, Iurij Gagarin strapped himself into a rocket, and was shot into space. Unproven technology, hurled into the unknown... he described his experience as something beautiful beyond comprehension. Becoming a national treasure, he was then grounded from returning to what he loved--space, and was trotted around as a Soviet propaganda show poodle. No wonder he reportedly turned to the bottle to cope. Finally returning to work as a test-pilot, he died under circumstances that are still questionable today.

    Слава Гагаину!!!
     

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    Ushered us into the space age
     
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    Good article. He's one of the few Soviet heroes to transition successfully to a new Russian hero. No matter what the cause of his death is ever determined to be, because of the situation of the era, there will always be a question surrounding his early demise.
     
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