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Yuri Gagarin, a Russian, orbited the Earth in 1961. Alan Shepard, an American next had a sub orbital flight, as did Gus Grissiom, another American . Then came John Glen, the first American to orbit the Earth.


He is Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin from the former Soviet Union (now Russia). The 27-year-old Soviet Air Force major made his flight Apr 12, 1961, lasting 108 minutes and orbiting Earth in a rocket-propelled, five-ton space capsule.

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