1961 Soviet Union Yuri Gagarin First Man in Space 12th April 1961 : The Soviet Union successfully launched the first man into space today taking the prize for “The First Man In Space”. Yuri Gagarin , a 27-year-old air force major. He orbited the Earth in 1hr 40 minutes. The next target is to put a man on the moon which the US achieves before the end of the decade

1981 U.S.A. First Space Shuttle Columbia Launched 12th April 1981 : The First of the US Space Shuttles Columbia was launched making way for mans continuing exploration of space.