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1ST RUSSIAN ASTRONAUT GAGARIN MEMORIAL MEDAL

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1ST RUSSIAN ASTRONAUT GAGARIN MEMORIAL MEDAL. Mint (uncirculated)condition. Diameter 1". Yury Gagarin, (1934-1968) Soviet cosmonaut. Son of a carpenter on a collective farm, he graduated from the Soviet Air Force cadet school in 1957. In April 1961, aboard Vostok 1, he became the first human to travel into space. The spacecraft orbited earth once in 1 hour and 29 minutes. Gagarin's flight brought him worldwide fame, and he was much honored in the Soviet Union. He never went into space again, but trained other cosmonauts. He was killed at 34 when his jet crashed during a training flight.

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