First Man in Space


who was the first man in space 

The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human being to travel into space, aboard the ship Vostok 1. He took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on April 12, 1961 and his journey around the planet, at a speed of 27,400 kilometers per hour , it lasted 108 minutes. His words to describe the experience of seeing the planet from space were astonished: “The Earth is blue …!”. “From the cosmic height the Earth is seen clearly, the mountains, the coasts and the islands are clearly distinguished,” Gagarin later wrote in his official report on the flight.

who was the first astronaut
The return of Gagarin to the Earth was a risk. The Vostok 1 did not have technical resources to perch and Gagarin, at 7,000 meters high, had to leave the ship in free fall with the help of the injection chair and land on a parachute. Fortunately, his parachute landed on the meadow of a farm in the Saratov region, although it was almost 400 kilometers away from the place where the rescue brigades were waiting for him.

Astronaut Alan Shepard followed him in less than a month, on May 5, 1961, with the first American space launch aboard the Freedom 7 spacecraft.