Today is the 53rd anniversary of the first human spaceflight mission- the flight of Vostok 1 and cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin.

Every years since 2001, thousands of people around the world have celebrated this event on the night of April 12th to honor the birth human spaceflight.  The event was begun by George Whitesides (the present CEO of Virgin Galactic) , his future wife Loretta Hidalgo, and friend Trish Garner.  The goal was to increase the public awareness of the anniversary and spark further interest in space exploration…..(more)