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50th Anniversary of First Human Flight in Space
Yuri gagarin
Yuri Gagarin, first human to fly in space
First Man in Space: A 50-Year-Old Feat Remembered

First man in space: A 50-year-old feat remembered

It was the Soviet Union's own giant leap for mankind, one that would spur a humiliated America to race for the moon. It happened 50 years ago, when a 27-year-old air force pilot named Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

UN marks 50th anniversary of historic first human space flight

The United Nations marked the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight in outer space by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with a special session of the General Assembly and the opening of an exhibit to commemorate one of the greatest triumphs in human history.

First man in space Yuri Gagarin 'wanted to fly again'

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin turned into an international icon when he became the first man to travel in to space 50 years ago. His daughter Elena Gagarina explains how his historic mission changed their lives forever.

Stagnation fears haunt Russian space program

Fifty years after Yuri Gagarin blasted into orbit, descendants of the Soviet craft that carried him still generate pride and profit for Russia, but critics say the nation's space program has slid into stagnation.

How a penniless mystic won Russia the space race
The Telegraph, April 10, 2011

A review of the BBC documentary The Storyville: Knocking on Heaven's Door by filmmaker George Carey about the Soviet Union's success in the Space Race from the work of pioneering scientists as well as penniless 19th-century mystic Nikolai Fedorov.

Could the U.S. have beaten Soviets into space?

A noted space historian says yes, but no doubt Gagarin and Sputnik spurred the U.S. on

NASA's Glory Days timeline
STS was the shuttle transportation system

Space shuttle's lasting legacy: 30 Years of historic feats

U.S. space shuttles revolutionized science and helped build the largest space station in history

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Yuri Gagarin:
Yuri Gagarin - Wikipedia
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First in Space - Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova of Russia were first
Space Today Online History - The USSR Will Build Space Cities
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Space Today Online -- Man In Space Firsts
Space Today Online -- Man In Space Firsts
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Space Today Online - Top Science Stories of the 20th Century
Space Today Online - Soyuz transports cosmonauts and astronauts

Dawn of the Space Age:
Sputnik: the fiftieth anniversary NASA
The Dawning of the Space Age Information Please Almanac
Dawn of the Space Age Library of Congress webcast
Dawn of the Space Age NASA photos
The History of Satellites
The Millennium: A Space and Astronomy Timeline, The Second Millennium, 20th Century STO

Sputnik New York Times
Sputnik Wikipedia
Sputnik-1 Wikipedia
Radio telemetry from Sputnik recorded as it passed overhead .wav file
Reactions by Americans to Sputnik NASA
Sputnik -- Milestones of Flight Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Sputnik STO
Sputnik: a major turning point in history STO

America's first satellite Explorer-1
Space pioneers recall first U.S. satellite launch upon 40th anniversary NASA
Space pioneers recall first U.S. satellite launch upon 40th anniversary Air Force Space and Missile Museum
The Beginning of U.S. Space Exploration NASA
Explorer-1 Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Explorer-1 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Explorer-1 NASA
Explorer-1 and Jupiter-C NASA
First American Satellite STO

Sputnik-2 Wikipedia
Sputnik-2 NASA
Laika and Sputnik 2 STO

Plans 1955 & IGY 1958:
The White House announced plans, July 1955 NASA
International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1958 NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Act (the "Space Act") NASA
NASA History homepage NASA
NASA History search page NASA
NASA Wikipedia
NASA Origins and the Dawn of the Space Age NASA

The Space Race:
Space Race Wikipedia
Space Race Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Space Race Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
The Space Race Newseum
Space Race National Geographic

The Cold War:
Cold War Wikipedia
The Cold War Cold War Museum
Cold War CNN

Other information
Space Rocket Launch Sites Around the World STO
Man-in-Space Firsts STO
The first man and woman in space STO
Leaders Among Women in Space STO
Space Race STO
History of Space Science and Astronomy STO

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