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Why Yuri Gagarin Remains the First Man in Space, Even Though He Did Not Land Inside His Spacecraft

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Every year as the anniversary of the first human spaceflight approaches, I receive calls inquiring about the validity of Yuri Gagarin’s claim as the first human in space.  The legitimate questions focus on the fact that Gagarin did not land inside his spacecraft.  The reasoning goes that since he did not land inside his spacecraft,   …Continue Reading