Outer Space Comic Covers from the 1950s -3
Replayed from a 1950s era comic book
Here is another cover of a comic book with outer Space stories. It is from October 1959. In 1961 one person had been up in space and circled the earth in orbit. Earth orbit was first achieved by Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union in 1961 and unmanned spacecraft have since reached all of the known planets in the Solar System. Although no one had been in space in the 1950s there had been lots of science fiction stories about man traveling in space and even TV shows, i.e. Flash Gordon, so going into space wasn’t exactly a new idea. It wasn’t until 1969 when man first set foot on the moon.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honor. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.
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