Photo Gallery A National Hero and a Role Model

Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel to outer space. The successful launch of the Vostok 1 spaceship secured the Soviet Union's status as one of the most technically advanced countries in the world. Russia is now investing billions in an effort to regain its status at the forefront of space exploration.
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