First Man in Space: Yuri Gagarin
First Man to Orbit the Earth: Yuri Gagarin
When the Cold War was in full swing, it was fashionable to forget this. And just remember things like John Glenn was the first AMERICAN to orbit the earth. But now that the Soviet Union is no more, and the Cold War is something from the history books, it seems disingenuous to call John Glenn's orbiting the earth an "historic journey," or whatever.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.But then I suppose NASA is hoping to recoup some of its budget or something.