The BBC has today reported that a statue of Yuri Gagarin is to be erected in London. Exactly why that smoggy, overpopulated tinderbox of crime and debauchery has chosen to honour a man so intrinsically Russian is beyond me, but reading the story provoked my mind into reflection on the man and his achievements, and the state of contemporary space exploration in general.
As a lover of space and sci-fi, I of course greatly respect the achievements of Gagarin, the first man to actually go to space. He went first where few have been, and where most will never go. His eyes beheld a view that the rest of us can only dream of, or find quite easily on Google Images.