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April 12 is celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day. Yury Gagarin’s first flight into Space took place on April 12, 1961, 56 years ago.

Lovely song, ‘The Earth is empty without you’ – ‘Опустела без тебя Земля’ (alternative name for this song is «Нежность» – ‘Tenderness’ – meaning the tenderness of the stars).

After his maiden flight Gagarin became the most famous and recognizable man on Earth. Yet, he remained incredibly humble. A small excerpt from Gagarin’s interview – eng subs: