Yuri Gagarin

It is 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

The young cosmonaut became a hero around the world and a poster boy for Soviet technological achievement.

Photo: Yuri Gagarin, Credit: Getty Images

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Sun 17 Apr 2011 14:50 GMT

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