Yuri Gagarine, the first man who reached space, but also...



Yuri Gagarin, first man ever to reach space in 1961, sadly died few years later in the crash of his MiG, leaving behind a crater 6 to 7 meters deep (about 20 ft). As a tribute, a lunar crater was named after him. True story, he is the only man being the proud father of two craters, one on Moon, one on Earth.

The first man who reached space was Yuri Gagarin, a soviet pilot, in the Volstok 1 mission on 12 April 1961. His space trip lasted 1 hour 48 min with an average height of 250 km around the Earth, enough time to perform a Earth orbit. 

In particular, he was chosen because of his small size, 1m58 (5,18 ft. Cabins were small), as well as his physical and mental abilities. Prowess of his space travel has earned him numerous awards, including the most prestigious ones of the Soviet Union. 

Yuri Gagarin remained pilot after his mission. He died at age 35 in the crash of his MiG-15, leaving behind a crater 6 to 7 meters deep. Note that a lunar crater was named after him. Lovely tribute.