Yuri Gagarin was born in 1934 in USSR (Russian federation) He was the first human being to travel in space. He was successful to complete in a space capsule, Vostok. Yuri belonged to a poor family. He joined air force in 1955. USSR launched the first communication satellite in 1957. It was the time when world was facing cold war era. USSR was one of the super power . Gagarin`s historic space flight took place in 1961 with the speed of 17000 miles per hour. The flight lasted 108 minutes. Mission accomplished successfully. Unfortunately Gagrin died in an air crash in 1968 leaving his name and mission memorable as the first into space.