Only 50? Seems longer…

Google Doodle
Only 50 years ago today, a significant milestone in the space race was achieved, launching a man, the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin, beyond the atmosphere and into a single orbit of the Earth.

Lots of cool space and Gagarin related info found via Google today; they also provided the cool animation on their doodle — just float your pointer over the image on Google.com 🙂