Yuri Gagarin – level 3
In April 1961, the first human was in space. It happened on Wednesday 12 April 1961 in the morning. It happened 50 years ago. Yuri Gagarin started his flight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in today’s Kazakhstan.
He had been preparing for many long months with 5 other candidates. They had to go through hard tests and training. From these 5 people the Soviet government chose Yuri Gagarin. His tests were very good but he also looked very good, he had good character and his name Yuri was better for the government than names of other candidates.
He started his flight at 9:07 in the morning. The name of his spaceship was Vostok 1. The flight was 1 hour and 48 minutes long. He flew 327 kilometres high. He flew once all around the globe. At that moment he became the most famous man in the world.
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