1961-04-12 USSR Vostok 1

Photo: Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the Earth.
Vostok 1, the first Russian manned space mission launched on April 12, 1961 with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board. Gagarin was the first human being to travel beyond the Earth's atmosphere and the first to orbit the Earth on a Vostok 3KA spacecraft. The mission lasted 1 hour 48 minutes and orbited the Earth once.

Vostok 1 red Moscow postmark 12 April 1961, signed by Yuri Gagarin. Soviet commemorative cover, 6 x 4.5, with a cachet honoring Gagarin's flight, signed in blue ink. - RRAuction
Vostok 1 black Moscow postmark 12 April 1961, signed by Yuri Gagarin on a KNIGA cover. This cover was previously owned by astrophilatelist, Eberhard Coelle.
Signed photo by Yuri Gagarin.
Yuri Gagarin signed photo encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the autograph graded MINT 9. - RRAuction
Photo: Yuri Gagarin's space flight itinerary on April 12, 1961.
Vostok 1 with red Kiev special postmark 12 April 1961.
Vostok 1 with black Kiev special postmark 12 April 1961.
Rare Vostok 1 used postal cover with black Kiev special postmark 12 April 1961. This cover was postmarked at Kiev (Киев) post office on 12 April 1961 and received at Kaluga (Калуга) on 16 April 1961
Photo: Yuri Gagarin and Premier Nikita Khrushchev waving to crowd at Moscow airport, April 14, 1961.
Photo: "GAGARIN JOINS APPLAUSE FOR HIMSELF AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW. Spaceman, left, before bust of Lenin. On right A. N. Nesmeyanov, president of the Soviet Academy of Science. Gagarin wasn't specific about his trip or his ship." AP Wirephoto, April 16, 1961.
Photo: Yuri Gagarin answering questions on his space flight at news conference on April 15, 1961.
Vostok 1 Vinnitza postmark 12 April 1961.
Vostok 1 Frounze postmark 12 April 1961.
Vostok 1 Perm postmark 12 April 1961.
Vostok 1 Sverdlovsk postmark 12 April 1961.
Photo: Yuri Gagarin was presented a medal at the news conference in Moscow on 15 April 1961.
Vostok 1 special Minsk postmark 12 April 1961.
Vostok 1 Vinnitza postmark 12 April 1961 with Gagarin stamp.
Vostok 1 Vinnitza postmark on Gagarin post card.
Photo: "Holding a British Interplanetary medal, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin offered his hosts a big grin Tuesday in London. Gagarin said at a news conference that he would like to visit the United States but "I have not been invited." - UPI Radiotelephoto (July 12, 1961)"
Photo: Yuri Gagarin (right) chats with Dr. A.C.B. Lovell of Jodrell Bank Observatory who tracked the Vostok 1 spacecraft at the time of Gagarin's flight.