Yuri Gagarin 50th Anniversary Links

Image credit: NASA

To conclude our short series of posts on Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit of the Earth in Vostok 1 fifty years’ ago, I thought I might put together a few of the best links that I’ve found on the web for those who want to know more about Yuri and his historic flight.

  1. Yuri Gagarin’s Wikipedia Entry
  2. YuriGagarin50.org – A comprehensive site dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Flight Into Space
  3. BBC Gagarin 50 Years On – The BBC’s micro-site about Gagarin and space flight.
  4. Sky at Night magazine – I’m afraid you’ll have to find a bookstore or newsagents and buy this one.
  5. NASA – Yuri Gagarin – NASA’s celebration of Yuri.
  6. RIA Novosti’s Gagarin Coverage – Russia’s state-owned newsgency’s take on Yury and the celebrations.
  7. RIA Novosti’s Image Library – Do an advanced search for Gagarin and put in dates from 1960 to 1965.
  8. Astronautix – This is a fascinating site. Once you’ve finished with Gagarin, have a browse round some of the other articles.
  9. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre – Bit difficult to navigate around and translated from Russian but some interesting stuff and photos.
  10. Yuri Gagarin Flight Video on YouTube – Just turn the sound down.
  11. Vostok 1 Mission on YouTube
  12. Propaganda Booklet
  13. Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin – Generally considered to be the best biography – available from good bookstores everywhere.

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments.

Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin