On April 12th, 1961 something extraordinary happened. A man has left the surface of the Earth, reached for the stars and came back to tell the tale. His name was Yuri Gagarin, he was 27 years old and his call-sign was “Kedr” (Cedar)
He was the first human to see the Earth from outer space and orbit it for almost 2 hours. He landed successfully and was awarded a “Hero of the Soviet Union” medal. Yet, he never had a chance to go to space ever again.
The word he said during the launch “Poehali” (“Let’s go” but literally translated it means more like “Let’s ride”) became a staple in Russian language.
Yuri Gagarin died on March 27, 1968, during a routine jet fighter training flight. Exact cause of the accident is still unknown. The most popular version is that another experimental plane came too close and it’s jet wake forced Yuri’s plane into a uncontrolled dive, which resulted in a crash that instantly killed both pilots.
Because of all the secrecy the Soviet Union was famous of, the real reason of Yuri’s death was unknown until 2003