12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

• The top 12 photographs Yuri Gagarin

The first cosmonaut on holiday, hunt, costume party and with children.

April 12, 1961: the first human space flight and the last global success of our country. And during his lifetime, and after the death of Yuri Gagarin's sculptured image of the ideal man, the symbol of communism. We have tried to get away from these stamps. In our material, there are no official pictures and shaking hands with the leaders of the party and of friendly countries, the standard card in the suit and dress uniform, but only 12 pictures of the life of a simple man named Yuri Gagarin.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

Post-flight rest. On vacation in the Crimea, summer 1961.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

Morning exercises in Star City in the summer of 1961.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

With his wife and daughter. Photo taken in Orenburg in the summer of 1959. A few months later, Yuri Gagarin write a statement of acceptance to the group of astronauts.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

In zagranpoezdki. After his flight Gagarin visited several dozen countries. One of the visits he paid to Helsinki in the summer of 1961.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

Fitness. Two years after Gagarin's flight is still in good physical shape, summer 1963.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

With the car. A gift of the French company Matra: sports car Matra Djet. The photo was taken at the monument "Conquerors of Space" in the summer of 1965.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

On the hunt. Photo in style "Hunters at Rest", autumn 1966. Six months later, cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov (pictured right) was killed in an unsuccessful landing ship "Soyuz-1".

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

An amateur photographer. Rest in the autumn of 1965.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

Post-flight rest. On vacation in the summer of 1961.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

With prey. Successful hunting ducks in autumn 1966.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

At the party. Costume party at Star City in honor of the new astronauts in the spring of 1965. A month earlier, Alexei Leonov (right) made the first spacewalk.

12 best photos of Yuri Gagarin

With daughters. Autumn 1966: Yuri Gagarin with his daughters Galya and Lena. Since 2001, Elena Gagarina headed Museum-Preserve "The Moscow Kremlin".