When was the first space flight?



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    The first human spaceflight was on April 12, 1961, when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, launched by the Soviet space program.

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    The first manned space flight took place April 12, 1961 when Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth once in the vessel Vostok 1. The first satellite (unmanned vessel) was sent in space years earlier in 1957 when the Russians launched the Sputnick satellite. Sputnick 2 came also in 1957 and sent a dog to orbit the Earth. In 1969, the US became the first nation to put a man on the moon.

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    The first flight into space for humankind was on April 12, 1961. The pilot was Yuri Gagarin from the USSR, and the spacecraft was called the Vostok. The flight lasted 108 minutes.

    The first flight into space by living beings that survived the flight was on May 28th, 1959. A rhesus monkey named Able and a squirrel named Miss Baker were the first living beings to survive a flight into space.

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