Vostok 1 capsule, 1961.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Vostok 1 capsule, 1961.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Model (scale 1:6). On 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), was launched into orbit by a Vostok rocket and became the first man in space. After completing one orbit, the automatic controls of the spacecraft brought him safely back to Earth.

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