Posts Tagged: Russia

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Mar 16 2018

A Name Unknown to US

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Gagarin: First in Space, directed by Pavel Parkhomenko, follows the story of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin (acted by Yaroslav Zhalnin). The film is set in the 1950’s-60’s in Russia — the era of the Soviet Union’s rule in much of Northern and Central Eurasia. This movie is unique in the sense that it displays dramatic scenes of Gagarin’s life through reflections while he is on his newest excursion.

Who Is Gagarin?

In school I had always heard the famous history about the Space Race between Russia and the United States. I knew that the United States had suffered a major loss when Russia became the first country to send a man into space; however, I never really knew who that man was. Who was the person inside the Russian spacecraft Vostok 1, and what led him to that point?

“Yuri Gagarin”


 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the son of  a carpenter, was born in Klushino in Smolensk, Russia in 1934.  He had early beginnings in metal works, and later went on to technical school, where he joined a flying club. His interest in flying led him to attend the Soviet Air Force cadet school, where he would later become a fighter pilot in 1957.