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Topic - Sergey Korolyov
Boris Chertok, a Russian rocket designer who played a key role in engineering Soviet-era space programs, has died. He was 99.
It was the Soviet Union's own giant leap for mankind, one that would spur a humiliated America to race for the moon. It happened 50 years ago this Tuesday, when an air force pilot named Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.
"I don't see any dangerous shortcuts in their approach to the Vostok," he told the AP, adding that the two final launches before Gagarin's flight were fully successful.