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Google Doodles 50th Anniversary Of Yuri's Space Flight

Search engine giant Google has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first human flight into space, by honouring Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with a Doodle.

Google has replaced the logo on the search engine with an animated image in which Yuri's space suite forms the first 'O' in Google. When users hover their cursor over the logo, a rocket shoots of the second 'O', which is represented by an orange Earth.

Gagarin, 27 years old at that time, made history by becoming the first man to go to space. Gagarin's space-craft, the Vostok-1, did a 108 minute orbital round before landing back on Earth. Russia's space mission had startled the United States, sparking a space mission war between the two countries.

In order to honour the massive feat, the Russian government sent Flight Engineer Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko on a mission to the International Space Station. The space-craft was named after the celebrated cosmonaut.

Google's Doodle, which has become massively popular for their engaging, interactive design, has prompted the company to procure a patent for the technology, PC Mag (opens in new tab) reveals. The patent has been filed under 'systems and methods for enticing users to access a Web site'.

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