50 years ago, we achieved the unimaginable and sent one of our own species outside the safety of our planet for the first time. Today we achieve 50 years of manned spaceflight since Yuri Gagarin’s historic orbit around the Earth in April 12, 1961.

Let’s dedicate this day, and our lifetimes, to the amazing prowess of the human race and the marvels of science and technology, and to the ideal that we are capable of anything.