First Steps to Space: Yuri Gagarin’s Military …

Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 13, 2018

The newly declassified archival documents were released just in time for Cosmonautics Day, celebrating cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic April 12, 1961 flight aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.

The archival release includes over a dozen pages of never-before-seen material, starting with an official accounting of Gagarin’s military postings and his promotion through the ranks of the Soviet Air
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