Yuri Gagarin planting a larch in Khabarovsk Park after his return from Japan.
A monument to Laika, the first dog to go into space, standing on top of a rocket, is unveiled in Moscow, Friday, April 11, 2008. Russian officials on Friday unveiled the monument to Laika, a mongrel dog whose flight to space more than 50-years ago paved the way for human space missions. The small monument is located near a military research facility in Moscow that prepared Laika’s flight to space on Nov. 3, 1957.
The World’s first Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin relaxes at the billiard table on April 13, 1961, the day after his historic space flight on board Vostock 1.