An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a ballistic missile with a range greater than 5,500 kilometres (3,400 mi), primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery (delivering one or more thermonuclear warheads).

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On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture to space. At 9:07 A.M. Moscow Time, his rocket (a converted R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile) roared to life before climbing toward the heavens. “Poyekhali!” Gagarin shrieked, which translates to "Let's go!"

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