First in Space: New Yuri Gagarin Biography Shares Hidden Side of Cosmonaut

First in Space: New Yuri Gagarin Biography Shares Hidden Side of Cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, 27-year-old Russian ex-fighter pilot and cosmonaut, was launched into space inside a tiny capsule on top of a ballistic missile, originally designed to carry a warhead. But what I'm really, really interested in people. The human being wouldn't be able to swallow, for example, that weightlessness would do really, really strange things to the heart, they wouldn't beat properly. And that was seriously discussed in a state commission of the top politicians, KGB people and space engineers, one week before Yuri Gagarin flew in space. That's, that's what they dealt with, because they were they didn't know space, horror, insanity.

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