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That rough sphere of metal, scorched from re-entry is what the first man to orbit the Earth came down from the sky in. He landed in a farmer’s field, the heat of re-entry scorching some of the man’s crops, and the farmer, astonished at this Starman nevertheless offered him some bread and milk.
This happened exactly 50 years ago today. Gagarin was probably the first man from history I admired the most and wanted to know about the most. He had flown eight years and few months before I was born, and although I knew as much as there was to know about the Apollo flights, information on the Vostok capsules and Gagarin himself was much scarcer to come by. I was probably the only 12 year old who actually knew the Vostok had a superior escape mechanism to even the space shuttle today.
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