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Did you know that today is International Day of Human Space Flight? On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into outer space. The spaceship he was on was called the Vostok 1. The flight lasted 108 minutes. During reentry, 7 kilometers above the surface of the Earth, Gagarin parachuted to the ground. His landing was witnessed by farmers. They were terribly frightened by his appearance and started to run away, until Gagarin spoke to them.

We hope that you have a ground-breaking day at school. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.

Bonus Facts:

April 12th is also celebrated as “Yuri’s Night”? The goal of Yuri’s Night is to increase interest in space exploration.

Vostok 1 was completely controlled by automatic systems or ground control. Scientists did not know what would happen to humans in weightlessness, so they did not have the pilot, Yuri Gargarin, pilot the spacecraft.

They painted ‘CCCP’ on Yuri Gagarin’s helmet so when he landed he would not be mistaken for an enemy pilot or spy.

Gagarin and the Vostok 1 landed about 280 kilometers away from the planned landing site.