Google celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s space flight 50th anniversary with a Google Doodle!

Google celebrated the 50 years of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s (and mankind’s first) space flight today with a cool animated Google Doodle of Yuri Gagarin with... More Below... Posted by on Apr 12th, 2011 and filed under Featured, Science.

Google celebrated the 50 years of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s (and mankind’s first) space flight today with a cool animated Google Doodle of Yuri Gagarin with the Vostok 1 blasting off to space.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into space and orbit Earth. Gagarin returned home a hero and later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him.

Here’s a video of Vostok 1′s launch:

After his space flight, Gagarin served a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union and spent 7 years working on designs for a reusable spacecraft. Soviet officials tried to keep Gagarin from flying again, being worried of losing their hero in an accident.

Gagarin died during a routine training flight on 27 March 1968 while flying a MiG-15 near the town of Kirzhach.