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On April 12, 1961, the USSR opened the era of manned spaceflight, with the flight of the first cosmonaut (Russian name for space travelers), Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin's flight, part of the Soviet Vostok space exploration program, took 108 minutes and consisted of a single orbit of the Earth.
Gagarin thus became both the first human to travel into space and the first to orbit the Earth. His call sign was Kedr (Siberian pine or Cedar).
The radio communication between the launch control room and Gagarin included the following dialogue at the moment of rocket launch:
Korolev: "Preliminary stage..... intermediate..... main..... lift off! We wish you a good flight. Everything is all right."
Gagarin: "Poyekhali!" (Let's go!).
Gagarin's informal poyekhali! became a historical phrase in the Eastern Bloc, used to refer to the beginning of the Space Age in human history.
Date of issue: 11.04.2001
In the center of the disc indication of the denomination of the coin: 10 RUBLES, inside of the figure 0 hidden pictures of the number 10 and of the inscription RUB visible by turns on changing angle of vision, in the lower part of the disc the mint trade mark SPMD, on the ring along the rim above the inscription: BANK OF RUSSIA, below the year of issue 2001, to the left and to the right stylized twigs of plants going over to the disc.
In the center a picture of Yuri Gagarin wearing a space suit, under it the facsimile signature GAGARIN, in the upper part of the ring the inscription along the rim: APRIL 12, 1961.
12 АПРЕЛЯ 1961 ГОДА
300 corrugations and the inscription TEN RUBLES recurring twice and divided by asterisks
ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ ⋆ ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ ⋆