1961: Yuri Gagarin meets Fidel Castro, Havana Chris August 14, 2012 1960-1969, Famous people 3 CommentsFavourited 572 times Add to favourites 3 Responses Mike August 21, 2012 I nominate Fidel for the next space mission! Preferably into deep space…. Reply Marco September 7, 2012 Fidel is the Man! F*ck the criminals imperialists! Reply Jeff Hamill September 20, 2012 The Soviet bureaucrats wanted to bask in the red glow of the Cuban revolution, which was — and remains — enormously popular with the peoples of Latin America (and elsewhere). That’s why they sent Gagarin to Cuba, although Gagarin himself seems to have been an honest man. Which is just a fancy way of saying that I agree with Marco. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.