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61st anniversary of human spaceflight marred by Russian invasion of Ukraine

Humanity took a giant leap 61 years ago today (April 12), but marking the milestone is far more complicated than usual this year. 

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched to Earth orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, becoming the first person ever to reach space. The landmark moment continued a string of space firsts for the Soviet Union, which kicked off the space age with the launch of the satellite Sputnik 1 in October 1957.

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