“To grow wings, one must have the desire to fly.”
The middle of the 20th century. Science fiction is blooming. Every night, millions of children all over the world peer into the starry sky, dreaming of discovering what lies beyond. As time passes, the cherished dreams steadily turn into reality. Multistage ballistic missiles are successfully tested. The first artificial satellite is launched. Belka and Strelka make an incredible seventeen revolutions around the Earth. Chimpanzee Ham follows their footsteps, proving the road to space is open for us. Pioneering human space exploration is now just a matter of time, and anyone has a chance to become the trailblazer. Even if you are a simple boy from the far reaches of a big country.
Yuri Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934, in the small village of Klushino near Smolensk, Soviet Union, into the family of a carpenter and a dairy farm worker.