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Funeral Of A Cosmonaut

Yury Gagarin died 45 years ago, on March 27, 1968, less than seven years after he made history by becoming the first person to fly into space. During what should have been a routine practice flight, Gagarin's MiG-15UTI fighter plane crashed near the town of Kirzhach outside Moscow, killing him and co-pilot Vladimir Seryogin. On March 30, thousands of mourners gathered in Moscow's Red Square for the funeral of a national hero. (9 PHOTOS)

Yury Gagarin prepares for a flight in a MIG-21 fighter jet in October 1967.
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Yury Gagarin prepares for a flight in a MIG-21 fighter jet in October 1967.

Yury Gagarin and Aleksei Leonov before a training flight in a MiG-15UTI on April 1, 1966.
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Yury Gagarin and Aleksei Leonov before a training flight in a MiG-15UTI on April 1, 1966.

Mourners hold photographs of Gagarin and Seryogin in Red Square on March 30, 1968.
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Mourners hold photographs of Gagarin and Seryogin in Red Square on March 30, 1968.

The funeral procession for the two pilots
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The funeral procession for the two pilots

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Thousands of mourners fill Red Square.
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Thousands of mourners fill Red Square.

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A mourner weeps at the wall of the Kremlin, where Gagarin and Seryogin's remains were interred.
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A mourner weeps at the wall of the Kremlin, where Gagarin and Seryogin's remains were interred.

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