Seriously, what did Alan even do that was soooooo great? Besides being an American. >_> Which we all know, is just the greatest thing, because our people are so awesome. ^(>_>)^ Yuri is best. Cosmonaut is best. Astronaut is worst. Boo America.
Seriously though, I really applaud the Soviets for their dedication and work during the space race.
To this day, we still use the Russian Soyuz rocket for the majority of transport to and from the International Space Station. It's only in the past two years where Space X and other private companies have been able to start filling the gap. Russians are the best space peoples.
The fact that most Americans don't know Yuri Gagarin's name is sad. The Cold War is over; we should forget about the anti-Russia propaganda and celebrate one of the most important people in history. It took incredible courage for him to go into space, and he should be recognized for that.
Yes, Yuri Gagarin should be just as famous as in the United States as the first Americans in space. As the first human in space, Gagarin broke barriers and laid the groundwork for the famous American astronauts to be able to complete their space travel. Without Gagarin, the Americans would have no fame.
Yuri Gagarin should be just as well known in the United States and other American astronauts for being the first human being in space. But he's not, because he is not American. Americans unfortunately generally just know about their own country, and have a massive issue with being one-track minded with regards to this.
As the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin took a huge risk in making this trip. Risking one's life in the name of science is an incredible sacrifice, and he should have notoriety worldwide for this accomplishment, regardless of his country of origin. He deserves recognition from every country's space program for making a sacrifice to further space exploration.