7 little-known facts about the feat of Yuri Gagarin

On April 12, 1961, a historicevent - the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to be in space. Everyone since school years has known that the launch of the Vostok-1 rocket was carried out from the Baikonur cosmodrome, but some facts about the first flight still remain obscure. Some of them have already been disclosed in our material in honor of the 85th anniversary of the great cosmonaut - for example, before the flight he wrote a farewell letter to his wife, and at the final stage of the flight he was sure that the spacecraft was in fire. But what else is interesting about the first flight?

About the first manned flight into spacemany books, and the whole event was literally painted by the minute. From all this information we can highlight a few facts that, perhaps, someone greatly surprised.

Before Yuri Gagarin in space visited "Ivan"

There is an opinion that before Gagarin on the near-EarthAnother Soviet cosmonaut, whose fate is unknown, visited the orbit. Whether such a person was or not was not known for sure, but before the significant day, “Ivan” really managed to visit the near-earth orbit - a mock-up of a man equipped with various sensors. He made a few turns around the Earth and conveyed a lot of useful information that was used in preparation for the flight of Gagarin.

The flight into space dramatically affected the career of an astronaut

When the great cosmonaut flew into space, he worethe rank of lieutenant. One would have thought that after landing he would become a captain, but everything went much better - two hours after landing, Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky gave him the rank of major, skipping over the captain's rank.

Gagarin took a gun into space

In the outfit of Yuri Gagarin, and laterother astronauts, included Makarov Pistol. Of course, it was not designed to protect against aliens - just an astronaut could land somewhere in the taiga, which is full of animals. There was a chance that until support reached him, he would have to defend himself from bears and other predators.

The mystery of the inscription "USSR" on the astronaut's helmet

In the original photos you can see thaton the helmet Gagarin flaunts the inscription "USSR". There are a lot of rumors about how she appeared there. For example, in the book of the Soviet test pilot Mark Ghalay “With a man on board” it is written that it was applied 20 minutes before Gagarin left for the launch pad. At the same time, employees of the enterprise "Star" for the manufacture of spacesuits claim that the inscription was made in advance.

Instead of "Let's go!" Could sound another phrase.

According to the same Mark Gallah, according to the statutetest pilots had to utter the command "crew, take off!". However, many of them were fed up with such a formality, and instead, Gagarin decided to produce a cheerful “Let's go!”, Which often sounded during the preliminary training sessions.

In honor of Gagarin called a quarter of all newborn boys

In the 1960s, the name of Yuri Gagarin sounded everywhere,and he became almost a symbol of courage and courage. There is nothing surprising in the fact that most of the newborn boys received the name Yuri - after April 12, 1961, meetings were even held in maternity hospitals.

The whole planet has learned about Gagarin

After his flight, Yuri Gagarin became an honoraryguest in many countries of the world. During his visits, the astronaut managed to meet even the Queen of Great Britain. There is a rumor that during tea drinking, Gagarin ate a lemon, which in England is considered bad form, but the queen supported the cosmonaut and did the same.

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