Posted by: ccclib | April 20, 2011

April Marks 50 Years of Human Space Travel

From Biography Reference Bank:

50th anniversary of the first man in space
On April 12, 1961, Russian astronaut (or cosmonaut, as the Russians called them) Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel into space when he orbited the earth in the spaceship Vostok.
Biography Reference Bank features no fewer than four profiles of Gagarin, including a detailed profile of him from Current Biography from the year of his historic flight, which offers an interesting insight into the cautious reception with which the U.S. received the news of Soviet success in the area of space flight.

Search tip: Using the Profession/Genre search box to find Astronauts returns 75 full-text profiles or obituaries of astronauts and cosmonauts, from Salman Abdel Aziz al-Saud, who became the first Saudi Arabian person in space in 1985, to U.S. astronaut John W. Young, who with Virgil I. Grissom was one of the first astronauts to vary the orbit of their spaceship by manual control, a maneuver regarded as essential for successful lunar excursions.


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