This Date in History – Man Into Space

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first human’s journey into outer space.  On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union won the race to be the first to send a man into space when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes orbiting the earth.

It’s remarkable how far science and technology have come since then.  Less than 10 years later, the United States fulfilled the mission as laid out by President John F. Kennedy to put a man on the moon.  It’s also remarkable that it’s been almost 40 years since the last man stepped on the moon.

If you’ve got an hour and 39 minutes to spare, you can watch a real-time recreation of the first flight using footage from the International Space Station combined with the mission audio.

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