1963 Mister Softee : Your World

Your World trading cards were issued in 1963 by Mister Softee Ltd. of London. The Wonder Card Series was produced in association with the Guinness Book of Records. The 12-card collection was distributed with Mister Softee ice cream products. Each card measures 2.5 x 5 inches.

"Man in Space" features an artistic depiction of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the Vostok-3KA No. 3 spacecraft. The illustration is inaccurate, likely due to the limited information available at the time. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first person to fly in space and orbit the Earth. Gagarin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in modern-day Kazakhstan and completed one orbit. The descent module of the spacecraft is displayed at the RKK Energiya museum in Korolyov, Russia.

1963 Mister Softee : Your World Wonder Card Series #12 - Man in Space

"A memorable date in the history of mankind is 12th April 1961. Flight Major Yuriy Alexeyvich Gagarin, aged 27, survived the first successfully manned satellite orbit of the Earth. An era had begun as man escaped from his planet and entered a new element. Gagarin took off from Baikonur in West Siberia in the 4.65 ton rocket Vostok and landed 108 minutes later at Smelovka near Engels in the Saratov region of Russia. His maximum height above the surface of the Earth was computed to be 203 miles."

"In 1689 England's Sir Isaac Newton propounded in his book - System of the World, published in 1728, the dynamic possibility of artificial satellites. But it was not until 4th October 1957, that a 268 year old theory was put into practice. Russia's sputnik called "Satellite 57, Alpha II" was shot up at 17,500 m.p.h. from a site north of the Caspian Sea and went into orbit. Ninety two days later it was burnt out by the friction of the Earth's atmosphere."

"It is now confidently forecast by the Americans that they will reach the moon by 1970."

1963 Mister Softee : Your World Wonder Card Series #12 - Man in Space

Mister Softee : Your World
1 The Unknown Sea
2 Mount Everest
3 The Cheetah
4 The Coelacanth
5 Humming Birds
6 Earliest Man
7 Cave Paintings
8 Johann Sebastian Bach
9 The Great Wall of China
10 William Shakespeare
11 Alexander the Great
12 Man in Space