Who were the first people in space?
Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gherman Titov, and John
On April 12, 1961, Yuri
Gagarin (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the first person in
space and the first person to orbit the earth. His one-orbit flight
lasted one hour and 48 minutes. His spacecraft was Vostok.
On May 5, 1961, Alan
Shepard (U.S. Astronaut) was the second person and
first American in space. His spacecraft was Freedom 7.
Alan Shepard in flight aboard Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961
On July 21, 1961, Virgil
I. "Gus" Grissom (U.S. Astronaut) was the third person
and second American in space. His spacecraft was Liberty Bell
In August, 1961, Gherman
Titov (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the fourth person and
second Russian in space. He was the second person to orbit the
earth. His orbit lasted 24 hours. His spacecraft was Vostok 2.
On February 20, 1962,
John H. Glenn, Jr., (U.S. Astronaut)
was the fifth person and third American in space. He was also
the first American to orbit the earth. He made three orbits around
earth in five hours. His spacecraft was Friendship 7.
View of the Earth from Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961
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