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Gagarin was born in a small town west of Moscow, _______________________, and grew up on a collective farm. His father was a _______________________. Yuri joined the Soviet _______________________ and became a fighter pilot and an officer. He was chosen to be in the _______________________ group of Soviet cosmonauts.
Gagarin piloted the Vostok 1 (Vostok means East in Russian) mission, which launched April 12, _______________, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. His flight lasted 108 _______________________ and orbited the _______________________ one time. The capsule traveled at an _______________________ of 112 to 203 miles (180-327 km) above Earth, at a _______________________ of 27,400 km/hr. The flight was controlled from the ground. The _______________________ was recovered later that day in the Saratov region of the Soviet Union.
Gagarin died at age ____________ when his MiG-15 plane _______________________ in bad weather near Moscow. He had been training for a second space trip.
Gagarin Crater, a wide shallow, circular, and heavily eroded crater on the far side of the _______________________, was named for him. Gagarin had a wife, named Valentina Gagarin, and two daughters, Yelena and Galya.
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