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Yuri Gagarine

 

Pilot-cosmonaut Y. A. Gagarin in his flight suit

On April 12, 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in Vostok 1 (Vostok 3KA-3) on a flight lasting 108 minutes and became the first human being to leave the confines of the Earth's atmosphere.

Sub-ClassType of RecordPerformanceDateClaimantStatusId
K-2 Duration 1 h 48 min 1961-04-12 Gagarine (URS) ratified - superseded since approved 9326
K-2 Altitude in elliptical orbit 327 km 1961-04-12 Gagarine (URS) ratified - current record 9327
K-2 Greatest mass lifted to altitude 4 725 kg 1961-04-12 Gagarine (URS) ratified - superseded since approved 932