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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 9, 2014.
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Cosmonauts on space station to turn teacher for Russian students

Cosmonauts on space station to turn teacher for Russian students

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Russian cosmonauts on board the International Space Station will turn schoolteacher, conducting a lesson from space for Russian students, officials said.

Russia to work toward landing on moon, Mars by 2030, Deputy PM says

BLAGOVESHENSK, Russia, April 12 (UPI) -- Russia will develop launch vehicles and other rocket technology for manned flights to the moon and Mars by 2030, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says.

One in four Russians expect close encounter with aliens, poll says

MOSCOW, April 12 (UPI) -- Nearly one in four Russians expect extraterrestrials will contact Earth within 50 years, an opinion poll published Friday said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 12, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 9, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 12, 2012.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 9, 2012.
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India unveils statue of cosmonaut Gagarin

India unveils statue of cosmonaut Gagarin

MUMBAI, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A statue of the world's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, was unveiled Friday in Mumbai on the grounds of the Nehru Science Center, center officials said.
Sputnik designer dies at age 99

Sputnik designer dies at age 99

MOSCOW, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Boris Chertok, a rocket designer and a key figure in the Soviet-era space program who helped build Sputnik, died of pneumonia, officials said. He was 99.
Russian satellite will honor Gagarin

Russian satellite will honor Gagarin

MOSCOW, July 22 (UPI) -- Russians on the International Space Station will launch a mini-satellite to honor this year's 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight, mission control said.
Russia celebrates 50th space anniversary

Russia celebrates 50th space anniversary

MOSCOW, April 12 (UPI) -- Russia Tuesday honored some of its most senior cosmonauts in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight as the first man in space.

Soyuz docks with space station

MOSCOW, April 6 (UPI) -- A Soyuz spacecraft with two Russians and an American aboard docked with the International Space Station Thursday, Russia's Mission Control said.

Sukhoi Su-30M2 fighters complete test flights

MOSCOW, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's Sukhoi aeronautical firm has completed its factory flight tests for its multi-role double seater Su-30M2 fighters.

Big Brother guitarist Gurley dead at 69

PALM DESERT, Calif., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Guitarist James Gurley, known for his work with Big Brother & the Holding Company, died in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 69, the band confirmed.
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Yuri Gagarin
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walks past by Yuri Gagarin's statue in the town of Gagarin on July 31, 2008. The town of Gagarin is named after famed Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who piloted the first space flight in 1961. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (Russian: Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин, Russian pronunciation: ; 9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human being to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and honours, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honour. 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 a MiG 15 training jet he was piloting crashed.

Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino near Gzhatsk (now in Smolensk Oblast, Russia), on 9 March 1934. The adjacent town of Gzhatsk was renamed Gagarin in 1968 in his honour. His parents, Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, worked on a collective farm. While manual labourers are described in official reports as "peasants", his mother was reportedly a voracious reader, and his father a skilled carpenter. Yuri was the third of four children, and his elder sister helped raise him while his parents worked. Like millions of people in the Soviet Union, the Gagarin family suffered during Nazi occupation in World War II. After a German officer took over their house, the family constructed a small mud hut where they spent a year and nine months until the end of the occupation. His two older siblings were deported to Nazi Germany for slave labour in 1943, and did not return until after the war. In 1946, the family moved to Gzhatsk.

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