HIS LIFE IN PICTURES
Designer Korolev, the head of the Soviet space program and the man
who had chosen the first cosmonaut, was especially fond of Yuri:
the days of preparation for the launch, when everyone had more
than his share of concerns, apprehensions, and anxieties, he alone
seemed to keep calm. More than that: he was full of good spirits
and beamed like the sun."
Chief designer Korolev takes a break with his "young
calmness seemed to put
others at ease.
would also comment later, "A good pilot is one who, in one minute
of flight, can make enough observations, and draw enough conclusions,
to keep an entire institute busy with them for a whole year. A bad
pilot can fly for a whole week but only obtain enough information
for an hour's work. What pleased us so much about Gagarin was that
in 108 minutes he was able to see a great deal and enrich science
with valuable information and conclusions."
excepts from Yuri Gagarin's statement before his flight.
his return to earth, Yuri's triumphant walk through Red Square in
front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands made him more nervous
and afraid than his historic flight. As he reached the podium, the
awaiting Valya tearfully whispered in his ear, "Our dream has come
true, Yuri." Embracing her he replied, "You're a smart girl! Thank
to the crowd after returning to earth.
embarked on a world tour with Valya as an ambassador of good will.
And everywhere they traveled, Yuri was decorated with the highest
honors. He became a deputy of the Supreme Soviet, always continued
to help and advise his fellow cosmonauts, and was appointed Commander
of the Cosmonauts' Detachment.
a goodwill trip, Yuri met
another nation's hero
Indian Prime Minister
and the first woman
The Russian State
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