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For half a century, human beings have been traveling to and from Earth’s orbit. Since the April 12, 1961 flight of Yuri Gagarin, 523 spacefarers from 34 countries have flown in space. The applications and services generated by space activities have become an integral aspect of life on Earth.
Space activities have become central to the way we live, work, and play. Every day, around the world, people experience the benefits of human engagement in space. Space applications and services play central roles in our daily lives, from weather forecasting to navigation services to satellite-delivered entertainment.