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Man-In-Space Firsts:
Fame & Fortune

Best-known space trip: The flight of the first human being in space, USSR cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin April 12, 1961.

Least-known trip: All the world was watching Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand and Deke Slayton in July 1975 as they met up in space with Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov. While millions below followed Apollo-Soyuz, no one paid attention to cosmonauts Pyotr Klimuk and Vitali Sevastyanov, in orbit at the same time at the Salyut 4 station. Launched the previous May, Klimuk and Sevastyanov were in the midst of setting a record, for that time, of 63 days in space.

Best-known spaceman: Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, in July 1969.

Least-known spacemen: Each pilot of an Apollo command module remained in orbit above the Moon while his two colleagues found glory on the lunar surface: Michael Collins, Richard Gordon, Stuart Roosa, Alfred Worden, Thomas Mattingly, Ronald Evans.

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