57 years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, made history at the age of 27 by completing a single orbit of Earth in approximately 108 minutes. After more than 50 years, Gagarin’s journey is still regarded as a key moment in space history that paved the way for all future space endeavors that followed.

Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration, visit Yuri’s Night Website to check Yuri’s Night events across Africa