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Manned Space Missions Dossiers

Living in space

Human beings beyond the confines of the Earth’s atmosphere

Yuri Gagarin’s mission proved that humans could survive the rigours of spaceflight – the strong forces of acceleration and deceleration during launch and landing, weightlessness in space, and radiation exposure at high altitudes. 

The realisation that the human organism could adapt to living conditions on board a spacecraft opened up a wealth of previously unimaginable possibilities.


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