Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first cosmonaut in space on the 12th April 1961. Shortly after his 27th birthday, he boarded the Russian Vostok 1 spacecraft and completed a 108 minute orbital flight. He was born on the 9th March 1934 and died March 27th 1968. His ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin, Red Square.
Without the space program being pursued by Russian and the USA, satellite tv, mobile phones and GPS (global positioning systems) might never have been invented.