The Wilson Center has made available 20 declassified documents that provide an extraordinary peek into the preparations and implementation of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first Soviet cosmonaut, who flew into space in his Vostok spaceship on April 12, 1961.

Credit: Roscosmos



Compiled by Asif Siddiqi, a professor in the Department of History at Fordham University, the documents come from a variety of archives including the Archive of the President of the Russian Federation (APRF) and the archive of the Energiya Rocket-Space Corporation.



The translated Soviet documents, selected, curated, and annotated by Siddiqi in a digital archive is available here at:

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