Answer: We’re in low Earth orbit today celebrating the first human spaceflight, 61 years ago. Which now-famed explorer made the trip?

The Question: We’re in low Earth orbit today celebrating the first human spaceflight, 61 years ago. Which now-famed explorer made the trip?

A Yuri Gagarin
B Neil Armstrong
C John Glenn

Gagarin took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome just after 9 AM Moscow time on April 12, 1961, landing 108 minutes later in rural Russia after a single orbit of Earth. April 12 is now observed as ‘Yuri’s Night’ by the astronomically inclined all over the world, celebrating Gagarin’s flight as well as the first space shuttle mission, coincidentally launched on April 12, 1981.

The correct answer is Yuri Gagarin.

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