21 August 2015

The world was never quite the same after Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of the earth in Vostok 1 in 1968.

The flight lasted only 108 minutes but he became the first man to see the planet from outer space. On re-entering the earth’s atmosphere, the epitomy of calm, he whistled the patriotic song “The Motherland hears, The Motherland Knows”.

Landing in a field of cows he first needed to reassure a shocked farmer that, although he had come from outer space, he was not an alien, before heading off to find the nearest telephone.

'I was a foundry worker, and although I am doing a different job now, I am still a foundry worker at heart.'
Yuri Gagarin