Triumph in Space: 'Reds Celebrate May Day' in a 1961 Newsreel

A Universal Newsreel documents parades in Moscow, featuring Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who orbited Earth in April 1961. Universal Newsreel was an ongoing news series that screened in movie theaters from 1929 to 1967, and was donated to the National Archives in 1976. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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