Yuri Gagarin Celebrated
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin—honored today with a Google Doodle—waves from a car outside the Russian Embassy in London in July 1961, a few months after he became the first human to fly in space. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic first orbit around Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. Gagarin Suited for the Job
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin sits decked out in his flight suit in a photograph taken in 1961, the same year he became the first human to fly in space.Gagarin's Ride
Vostok 1, the spacecraft used by Yuri Gagarin during his first orbit of Earth, hangs on display in an undated photograph.Dancing for Gagarin
Celebrants link arms and dance in Moscow's Red Square in honor of Yuri Gagarin's successful spaceflight in this 1961 photograph. Two days after he landed, Gagarin was escorted to Red Square in a parade and given the Hero Award of the Soviet Union.Immortal Gagarin
A statue of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, pictured on April 8, is temporarily on display at the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow as part of an international tour.