Yuri Gagarin

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Noun1.Yuri Gagarin - Soviet cosmonaut who in 1961 was the first person to travel in space (1934-1968)Yuri Gagarin - Soviet cosmonaut who in 1961 was the first person to travel in space (1934-1968)
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For decades, Russian as well as Western publications on Soviet space history have frequently centered around iconic heroes such as the "grandfather of cosmonautics" Konstantin Tsiolkovskii, his alleged heir Sergei Korolev, and cosmonauts such as Iurii Gagarin, German Titov, and (maybe) Valentina Tereshkova.