On April 12, 1961, man conquered space, as Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person ever to enter that realm. It’s hard to believe that was a whopping 50 years ago.

This video takes a brief look at Gagarin, his life, his work, and his death. The first human in space died aged just 34 when a jet he was piloting crashed. But he’s fondly remembered by many, especially in Russia.

Although the U.S. was the first country to reach the moon and through NASA went on to virtually own space for the next 40 years, the contribution to the space race that the U.S.S.R. provided should never be forgotten.

After all it was the Soviets who provided most of the big wins in the early days, and it took the U.S. a long time to catch up. I know revisionist histories are common-place these days, but we should never forget the facts.

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