Google doodle celebrates Yuri Gagarin, first man in space

Darren Allan

April 12, 2011

Google’s latest doodle pays homage to the first human ever to visit space, Yuri Gagarin.

The Russian pilot and cosmonaut took his only trip into space in Vostock 1, on April 12th in 1961, when he orbited the Earth.

Afterwards he became something of a worldwide celebrity, and didn’t participate in further space missions due to the dangers involved. The Russians didn’t want to risk losing their hero cosmonaut.

However, he retrained as a fighter pilot and died when his Mig crashed in 1968, at the age of just 34.

The Google doodle is retro in its art style, complete with an animation of the Vostock 1 taking off and barrelling up through the atmosphere.

Google seems to go through bursts of regular doodling these days, this current period being one of them. It’s the fifth doodle the company has put out inside three weeks.


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