As crews put together for launch, they take a while to honor the legacy of the primary particular person to enter area: Yuri Gagarin, who launched on April 12, 1961. Gagarin died in a jet-plane crash on March 27, 1968, at age 34. His stays have been interred in a wall of the Kremlin. Just earlier than the backup and prime crews fly to Baikonur for the launch, they place crimson carnations on the foot of the wall. In this image, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers was among the many crewmembers paying respects.
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