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Yuri Gagarin Russian First Day Cover 1962 Signed Autograph Cosmonaut Astronaut First Flight Anniversary
This item is a 4 1/2" X 6", mounted Russian postal first day cover from 1962 featuring Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.The first day cover commemorated Yuri Gagarin's first flight anniversary. The first day cover features a Russian stamp and a Russian postmark.Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed. A hand signed cut signature by Yuri Gargarin with a fountain pen in blue has been affixed on the front.The cut signature is approximately 1" X 3 1/2"...........BOTH FIRST DAY COVER AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.