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Brief Published: 12 Apr 2011

First Orbit


On April 12 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin climbed into the Vostok 1 and was launched into space. His orbit took 108 minutes, and he became the first person to view the Earth from space.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic achievement, Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli and British documentary filmmaker Christopher Rigley have captured the view of Earth as Gagarin would have seen it by filming the orbital path of his Vostok 1 spaceship from Nasa’s International Space Station in First Orbit.

The film, which weaves together historic recordings with an original score by English composer Philip Sheppard, will premier during a global YouTube streaming event at over 500 parties in 72 countries today.

First Orbit