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April 12, 2011

Yuri Gagarin / STS-1 Anniversaries

Posted on: April 12, 2011 by Kelly Jones

As you know, April 12, 2011 is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space.

First Orbit is a film that recreates in real-time Gagarin’s first orbit using footage from the International Space Station. It’s a great video, check it out.

Today is also the 30th anniversary of STS-1, the first flight of a Space Shuttle. Astronauts¬†John Young and Robert Crippen flew Space Shuttle “Columbia” for two days before landing at Edward’s Air Force Base in California.