Fifty years ago today Yuri Gagarin blasted off into outer space in the Vostok I capsule. He was the first human we ever sent up into outer space. Today there is a lot of news coverage and acknowledgment of the achievement. Ironically, growing up in Cold War America, we only learned about Alan Shepard, the first American in space. As I was cutting up the outer space bits of my old childhood atlas, it was hard to find any references to the accomplishments of the Soviet space program. But 50 years later, it looks like Yuri is finally getting some of the recognition he deserved.