It happened when Earth was still in black and white: 50 years ago we stepped outside our home planet for the first time. This is the tale of the beginning of an adventure that hasn't ended yet, the biggest, most dangerous and rewarding quest ever embarked on by the human race-the fascinating story of two men who took us to a new level. More »

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The world as Yuri Gagarin saw it

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Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space. In doing so, he didn't just take humanity into a bold new era of exploration - he also got to see our planet in a way no one else ever had before. More »

How Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space

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Exactly 50 years ago today Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to ever cross the threshold of our atmosphere into outer space. But how did a small farm boy beat out his better educated, better prepared, and more physically capable competitors for the shot at everlasting fame? More »

Everything you need to get into space and land safely again

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So, you want to take a short trip into space? Seems easy enough – hop in your rocket, aim it at space and lift off, right? If you want to survive, it will take a little more planning than that. Luckily, we're here to help. More »

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Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in space

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Tonight, across the world, people will be going to space-themed parties to celebrate Yuri's Night, an annual event honoring Yuri Gagarin - the first person to survive space flight. Here is a gallery of art celebrating his great adventure. More »

This Cosmically Gorgeous Watch Honors Yuri Gagarin for All Time

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic journey into space, Bernhard Lederer has designed the Gagarin Tourbillon watch. How does a lux timepiece pay tribute? The design itself is inspired by Gagarin's Vostok space capsule, while a orbital flying tourbillon rotates counterclockwise around the face in 108 minutes-precisely the amount of time it took Gagarin to orbit the earth. More »

What really happened to cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, who died crashing to Earth in 1967?

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One of the most horrific and mysterious deaths in space is that of USSR cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, a close friend of Yuri Gagarin. Some historians say Komarov was sent to space in a craft that officials knew could never return. More »