Mint Stamps Honor 50th Anniversary
Of the First Man in Space
Born in 1934, Yuri Gagarin was one of 20 young men considered for the honor of being the first man in space. His top performance on physical and psychological tests, along with his short stature (5 feet 2 inches), won him the honor of piloting the Vostok I. On April 12, 1961, at 9:07 a.m., Gagarin entered earth’s orbit and made history as the first man in outer space. The flight took just 108 minutes.
Gagarin immediately became a “Hero of the Soviet Union,” the highest honor awarded by that nation. He was nicknamed “The Columbus of the Cosmos” and traveled the world sharing his experience. Streets, cities, and a crater on the moon have been named in his honor. It’s been said the Russians feared losing him in an accident and wouldn’t allow him to travel into space again, so Gagarin’s first space flight was also his last.
Now you can add this important history to your collection with a mint stamp sheet picturing Gagarin and his Vostok I spacecraft. Order your sheet today.