THE FIRST COSMONAUTS
THE GAGARIN ERA

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin become the first person to fly in space.  He was followed between August 1961 and March 1965, by ten other cosmonauts on seven further missions.  This group of pioneering space explorers achieved remarkable space firsts but who were the people behind the title "Cosmonauts" and what happened to those who were selected with them but never flew?  This revealing insight into the early years of space exploration is based on  The Rocket Men: Vostok and Voskhod The First Soviet Manned Spaceflights, Dave's 2001 co-operative work with Rex Hall.
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The First Cosmonauts