Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Yuri Gagarin. The First Man in Space.

His early years
Yuri was born on a farm in USSR and his family was very poor. As a teenager in World War II, he saw his first plane – a Russian fighter jet. At that moment, he knew that he wanted to be a pilot. He studied hard so that he could join a flying club. His teachers thought he was a natural pilot and told him to join the Sovietic Air Force.

What he did
He became an excellent pilot. And he was now a husband and father. But when the first Russian satellite went into space, he wanted to become an astronaut. After two years of secret training, the doctors chose Yuri because he was the best in all the tests. On 12 April 1961, when he was 27, he finally went into space. It was very dangerous, because the doctors didn’t know if Yuri could survive the journey. When he came back to Earth he was famous, and he travelled around the world to talk about his experience.

His last flight
He wanted to go into space again, so in 1967 he began training for the next space flight. He was also a test pilot for the new Air Force aeroplanes. But he next year he died when his fighter jet crashed on a test flight. He was only 34 years old.

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