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Yuri Gagarin Google doodle celebrates 50 years of spaceflight

Today's Google doodle -- the company logo on Google's home page -- and a new documentary commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space.

Poyekhali! That's Russian for "off we go!" -- the words uttered by Yuri Gagarin as he blasted off into history 50 years ago today. Today's Google doodle -- the company logo on Google's home page -- and a new film commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space.

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot who became the first human to travel into space, and the first person to orbit the earth, on 12 April 1961. He was lobbed skywards aboard the Vostok 1 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 0607 GMT for a 108-minute spaceflight, ejecting with a parachute after re-entry to land in Saratov in Russia.

Landing at 0755, in his orange jumpsuit he startled a nearby farmer and his daughter, telling them he had come from space and needed a telephone to call Moscow.

You can now experience what Gagarin saw as he orbited the Earth with FirstOrbit, a documentary using hi-def footage from the International Space Station to recreate the historic flight. The original flight only recorded audio, but video from the ISS has been used to match Gagarin's orbit as closely as possible, although it won't get as close to the poles as he did. Click play below to see the trailer for the film, or watch the whole thing on YouTube.

Fifty years after Yuri Gagarin first went to space, we've walked on the Moon and explored the galaxy, but the future of space travel seems uncertain. It may not be governments blasting us beyond the bonds of Earthly gravity in the future, but commercial companies such as Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, currently planning its first round of space tourism.

But if you want to meet the man who puts the G in intergalactic, look no further than CNET UK's own Rory Reid.