This time the Doodle depicts an animation which shows spacecraft Vostok-1's take off from the graphic of earth. The second and third letters of the logo have been replaced by graphics of space-man and the earth respectively.
To confirm Soviet leadership in space, the Soviet human spaceflight project, the Vostok Programme was conducted and the journey ended almost in a disaster.
Colonel Yuri A Gagarin, popularly known as "The Columbus of the Cosmos", joined the Russian Air Force in 1955. Gagarin's spacecraft, Vostok 1, circled Earth at a speed of 27,400 kilometers per hour. The flight lasted 108 minutes. At its highest point, Gagarin was about 200 miles (327 kilometers) above Earth.
As pilot of the spaceship Vostok 1, he proved that man could endure the rigors of lift-off, re-entry, and weightlessness. Colonel Gagarin died on March 27, 1968 when the MiG-15 airplane he was piloting crashed near Moscow.
Google always celebrate the spacial occasions related to some anniversary, famous persons' birthday, any discovery or festivals and showcases designs from contest-winning students. So, this time also the search engine remembers the human victory in outer space. We at OneIndia also pay our tribute to the international legend, Colonel Gagarin's triumph in space.