Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, 57 years ago today

Sign up for the MACH newsletterYou have been successfully added to our newsletter.A daily newsletter charting the future: From technology to the scientific breakthroughs changing our lives.NewsOn April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, made history at the age of 27 by completing a single orbit of Earth in approximately 108 minutes. After more than 50 years, Gagarin’s journey is still regarded as a key moment in space history that paved the way for all future space endeavors that followed.MachInteresting moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearingYuri Gagarin became the first human in space, 57 years ago todayCambridge Analytica used powerful algorithms to trawl through Facebook user data, here’s how they workedIs Facebook’s future hanging in the balance?A brief history of chemical weaponsVirgin Galactic takes space tourism to new heightsBest of MACHPlay AllBest of MACHNewsNewsNewsNewsWorldNewsMORE FROM machHave feedback?How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?0 = Very unlikely10 = Very likelyPlease select answerIs your feedback about:ContentDesignOtherPlease select answerLeave your email if you’d like us to respond. (Optional)Please enter a valid email addressThank you!Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.