In the 60 years since Gagarin, the world’s first spacefaring nation has produced its own equivalents of <i>The Right Stuff </i>and <i>Apollo 13</i>.
Even with a late start, cosmonauts might still have made the first lunar landing. But by the end of 1968, it was game over.
Space czar Sergei Korolev won fame for the launch of Sputnik, but a more modest genius deserves the credit.
It started with Utopian dreams and rocketeers.