Amazing Photos From the Life of Yuri Gagarin

After April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became a true hero and superstar. Everyone in the Soviet Union was proud of him and people were glad to see him even from afar.

Life of Yuri Gagarin

Images of the first man from space in his cosmonaut suit have been around the world. However, we hardly know what this legendary man was like in real life.

After April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became a true hero and superstar. Everyone in the Soviet Union was proud of him and people were glad to see him even from afar.

Gagarin was born into a poor family in the Russian countryside. He was not a very tall man, he was very humble and could enchant anyone with his iconic smile. Contemporaries remember that he was very folksy. He was unprepared for the enormous fame he suddenly encountered. He was still a shy and calm person, always decent and honest, an example of what he should be a true Soviet man and officer.

Gagarin posing in 1965

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Preparing to parachute, 1960

Sputnik

Gagarin posing in his car, 1961

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Performing morning exercises, 1961

Alexander Sergeyev / Sputnik

Flexing Muscles for the Cameras, 1963

Igor Sneguirev / Sputnik

On vacation in Sochi, 1961

Yuri Abramochkin / © RussiainPhoto

Playing pool, 1961

Alexander Sergeyev / Sputnik

Fishing in his hometown, 1961

Igor Sneguirev / Sputnik

Gagarin water skiing on vacation, 1965

Yuri Somov / Sputnik

Gagarin in his office, 1967

Alexander Mokletsov / Sputnik

Gagarin loved with great tenderness his wife Valentina (who died in March 2020) and their two daughters: Elena (who is now director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums) and Galina (who became an economics professor).

Gagarin with his wife Valentina and their newborn daughter Galina, 1961

Yuri Abramochkin / Sputnik

Gagarin reading with his daughters, 1965

Alexander Mokletsov / Sputnik

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