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New Yuri Gagarin Presentation

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John Morris-Esparza

on 27 February 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin's Early life Yuri Gagarin was born March 9th, 1934 in Klushino, Russia During World War II, The Nazis forcibly removed Gagarin’s family from their home and kidnapped his two sisters. Yuri helped his parents dig a hideout to shelter them until the war’s end. Legend has it that it was around this time when Yuri saw a Russian Yak fighter plane make an emergency landing in a field near his hideout. The plane was riddled with bullet holes, and when the pilot stepped out from the twisted wreckage, Yuri was incredibly impressed by how decorated he was. It was this encounter that first piqued Gagarin’s interest in aviation. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was rocketed into Earth’s orbit aboard Vostok 1, in a 108 minute long flight that whipped him around the world at 27,400 kilometers per hour (approximately 17,026 miles per hour) at a maximum altitude of about 327 kilometers ( a little over 203 miles) above the planet’s surface. Gagarin had no control over his craft during his historic flight, because the Soviets were uncertain about the effects of weightlessness on humans.

Yuri had a key to manually override the radio controls if necessary, however.

Vostok 1 had no landing module, so upon re-entry, Gagarin ejected from the spacecraft at about 20,000 feet and parachuted to safety according to plan. Yur Gagarin and his flight instructor, Vladimir Seryogin, died on March 27, 1968 when Yur inexplicably lost control of his MiG-15UTI.

Yuri's and Vladimir's remains were cremated, and we're given hero's funerals at the Kremlin Wall on Red Square. He was born the third of four children to a carpenter and a milkmaid. That hasn't been verified however, but if it's true, it probably looked something like this Yuri Gagarin attended a local school for six years, and later spent a total of five and a half years at technical and trade schools. In his final year at trade school, he joined a flight club, where he realized he was a natural-born pilot. At the suggestion of his instructor, he joined the Soviet Air Force and was enrolled in Orenburg Aviation School. It was at Orenburg that Yuri met Valentina Ivanovna Goryacheva, who would eventually become his wife. In 1957, Yuri graduated with top-ranking honors from Orenburg and married Valentina the same day. The success of the first orbital satellite, Sputnik, intrigued Yuri. When recruiters came to his station in Luostari (A Russian Air force Base above the Arctic Circle), he jumped on the opportunity to train to be the first cosmonaut. Yuri proved the best among the 20 candidates in the program, and was scheduled for take-off on April 12th, 1961 His spacecraft was Vostok 1, a cutting edge, albeit uncomfortable module Although the reason behind Gagarin’s mission did have some political motivations (namely, beating the Americans into outer space), his flight proved invaluable to the Soviets as it confirmed that man was indeed capable of withstanding the rigors of take-off, re-entry, and weightlessness After the success of Vostok 1, Yuri Gagarin was hailed as a national hero. His fame was so great, that he was denied another space mission because the Soviets were afraid of losing their national icon in an accident. Reluctantly, Gagarin became a test pilot for Russian MiG fighter jets The closest Yuri ever came to flying back into space was his assignment as back up pilot on the ill-fated Soyuz 1 mission, in which Yuri's friend met a tragic end when the spacecraft crashed.
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