The United Nations General Assembly adapted a resolution in 2011 declaring April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. Two key individuals who played an important part of the beginning of space flight were Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, who was the first human in space in 1961, and Astronaut John Glenn who was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and the fifth person in space.
Image shown here is a display of spacesuits that Soviet Yuri Gagarin and American John Glenn wore at the dawn of the Space Age.
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