Your courage and skill opened up a new frontier for all the world. You exemplified the best of humanity.
You left us far too soon. You never were able to fly into space again. You missed seeing humans walk on the moon. You were not here to help the U.S.-Soviet rivalry grow from competition to cooperation.
You may be gone, Yuri, but you remain with us in spirit. And you will never be forgotten. The name of Gagarin will be honored for as long as humanity exists. We can only hope that we can live up to your example during the next 50 years of space exploration.