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Russia spent Tuesday celebrating its Gagarin’s space accomplishment in 1961. It was another 23 days before American Alan Shepard became the second man in space.

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Associated Press writers Alicia Chang in Los Angeles; Dan Sewell in Dayton, Ohio; Seth Borenstein in Washington; Marcia Dunn in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Verena Dobnik in New York; and Will Weissert in San Antonio contributed to this report.

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Online:

NASA: http://www.nasa.gov

Smithsonian: http://www.nasm.si.edu/

Kennedy Space Center: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Calif. Science Center: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/

Intrepid: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/shuttle/