Who was the first person to orbit Earth?please describe briefly

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Russian Yuri Gargain was the first man to orbit the earth. He orbited the earth once before returning to earth about 90 minutes later.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Yuri Gagarin who also boosted the Soviet space program and caused space races to escalate even more. 

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The first person to orbit the earth in a spacecraft was the Russian Cosmonaut YURI ALEXEYEVICH GAGARIN (9th March 1934 to 27th March 1968).

On 12th April 1961 he became the first human to be in space and the first to orbit planet earth. The name of the spacecraft was Vostok I. The spacecraft was launched on 12th April 1961 at 6.07 hrs. and it landed back on the earth on 12th April 1961 at 7.55 hrs. He orbited once around the earth in 1hr 48 mins. The spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and it landed in Engels close to the Saratov region.

Gagarin's 'call sign' during the mission was "Cedar."