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The Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin made his pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago. In the USSR, it marked a time of optimistic, forward-looking modernization, of which the Soviet space program was the hallmark. Listen to expert analysis on its impact:

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, recently called for the country to ‘properly maintain its status as one of the leading space . . . powers’ in a speech to mark the 60th anniversary of the first-ever human space flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

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Space cuisine has come a long way since Yuri Gagarin, the Soviet astronaut who in 1961 was the first to reach space, squeezed puréed beef and chocolate sauce from toothpaste-like tubes.

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong-themed limited edition iPhones launched by Caviar via @gadgetsnow 

The story of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly into space

2/ A few days ago on the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin (Russian) to be the 1st in space... ..Putin symbolically gave a speech + rallied Russia to "maintain its status as one of the leading SPACE powers" And announced Russia pulling out of the ISS by the next 4 years to...

My latest piece, on Putin's latest threat: 60 years after Yuri Gagarin, the U..S., Russia and China are in a scary new space race -- @tobinharshaw 's Q&A with Brian Weeden and Victoria Samson of @SWFoundation  via @bopinion 

WATCH: On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space. Spacesuits have undergone dramatic changes since then. What does the future hold in store?

WATCH: The first spacesuit worn by a human was a bright orange nylon pressure suit called SK-1, when Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth. Ever since, each iteration of the suit has brought something unique to face the challenges of spaceflight

WATCH: On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space. Spacesuits have undergone dramatic changes since then. What does the future hold in store?

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Hundreds of drones were launched in the night sky in the city of Veliky Novgorod in Russia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's journey to space. Get today's top stories:

Today is International Day of Human Space Flight, which marks the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin. Join us in also celebrating the first woman to have flown in space: Valentina Tereshkova! 🚀

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It’s sixty years since Yuri Gagarin became the very first man in space

This young man rocketed away from Earth, orbited once & parachuted himself to safety, 60 years ago today. I salute you, Yuri Gagarin.

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April 12 is the International Day of Human Space Flight. 60 years ago, Yuri Gagarin had his first historic flight into the cosmos. As we reflect on his accomplishment today, we look ahead to the future of human space flight as we prepare to send humans back to the Moon.

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Today in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space. His historic single orbit around Earth took only 108 minutes from ignition to landing. #IdeasThatDefy 

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The era of human spaceflight began today in 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. The 108-minute flight ended with a parachute jump from his Vostok 1 capsule during descent, as was done back then.

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55 years ago today, we left Earth for the 1st time. A brave man led the way - thank you, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin.

Fifty-four years ago, Yuri Gagarin is launched into orbit by the Soviets. He is the 4th mammal species to achieve this feat.

54 years ago today Yuri Gagarin was the 1st human to leave Earth. I'm 55, & thank him (art by Detlev Van Ravenswaay).

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