The first man to ever leave the Earth and venture into space was a Russian cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin, who, if he hadn't died at the young age of 34 in a plane crash he would be 77 years old today. Garagrin was launched into space on April 12, 1961, and orbited once around the planet in 108 minutes before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere and landing safely.
Since then, man has made great strides in space exploration, visiting the moon, building the International Space Station, establishing a satellite network, and sending unmanned probes to the furthest reaches of the solar system. However, the last planned shuttle launch for the foreseeable future took place in February, returning to Earth this week and leaving the question of when we'll next see Americans launched into space in limbo.
Musical history is full of spacemen. Some serve as an analogy to loneliness and isolation, some as metaphors for the working man of the future, and some just because space kicks ass. In hopes of inspiring the people who hold the purse strings to consider shooting some more people at the moon and points beyond, we'd like to throw some of the finest space names from popular songs into the helmet.