5 Little Known Facts about Life of a First Man in Space Yuri Gagarin

Little Known Facts about Life of a First Man in Space Yuri Gagarin

Posted on March 28, 2017 by tim


Forty nine years ago on this day Yuri Gagarin died as a result of a plane crash. For each Soviet person he was a cult figure. And you couldn’t know much facts about a cult person. Only dry official facts on his life was known to Soviet people. However life of this person had a lot more bright moments to learn about. This we going to explore here today.
So, to begin with Yuri Gagarin was born in a peasant family. His father was a carpenter, his mother was working on a dairy farm. There were three boys and a girl in a family. Yuri was the third youngest kid.

September 1st, 1941 Yuri went to first grade of his local village school. October 12th same year the village was occupied by the Nazis. Yuri and his family were thrown out of their house and it was turned into a workshop. His family built a small dugout and lived there till the beginning of the winter.

His father was constantly beaten by German soldiers and he was forced to work. His elder brother Valentin and his sister Zoya were captured and sent to work as slaves to Germany. Yuri never spoke about this period of his life.

Yuri had fought Nazis as he could: once he put caustic soda into the charging car batteries while the mechanic was riding his bicycle around.

Later after the war Yuri moved to Moscow to study. He went to a vocational school and attended an evening high school same time. Later went to a college where he showed nice sport achievements.

October 25th, 1954 Yuri came to a Saratov Aeroclub for the first time. Just seven years before his first space flight. One year later he already made his first flight on an airplane.

October 27th, 1955 Yuri was drafted to the Soviet Army and went study aviation in an air force school. Later he was appointed there an assistant commander. His subordinates there once beaten him so he spent a month in a hospital because he was very demanding commander.

When Yuri applied to become a first cosmonaut he was passing a medical inspection. Psychologists were part of it. They noted these features of his character: Yuri likes to watch shows with action, he also likes to be a leader himself.

“His favorite word was “to work”. He is always self-confident. Survives well high pressure and hard workouts. Very harmonically developed. Very honest. Very clean and tidy. Very punctual and polite. Highly developed intellectually as well. Nice memory. He is not shy to fight for his opinions.”

Besides Yuri Gagarin there were twenty more people competing to be a first man in space.  On the photo below you can see them all, with three leaders in the first row.

One of the two backups tragically died a few years after.

Before a flight Yuri left a letter to his wife in case he would die. She never read it.

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5 Responses to “Little Known Facts about Life of a First Man in Space Yuri Gagarin”

  1. za manula says:

    Yuri, il tuo sorriso sarà sempre con noi!

  2. Tim Erickson says:

    Thank you. More than a Hero of the Soviet Union, Yuri Gagarin was a hero of the world.

  3. Douglas says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/8416561/Soviet-Union-lied-about-1961-Yuri-Gagarin-space-mission.html

    According to the article above, the truth about his space flight is different from the Official Soviet version.

    Nevertheless, I admire Yuri, he was the wonderful poster boy for the USSR and space travel. He was only 34 when he was killed in a mysterious plane crash.

  4. L R Tuggle says:

    Wonderful article – excellent photo, many of which were new to me. Gagarin was a hero as Neil Armstrong said “For all mankind”.

  5. uditha says:

    I am from Sri Lanka, and we love Yuri and Russia, a true friend to Sri Lanka, when he became famous he also came to visit Sri Lanka. there is a plant in Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya which was planted by this cosmonaut near to my home. salute for your life. Heros never die. love from Sri Lanka to Russia

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