“I feel fine. How about you?”
Yuri Gagarin responded to ground control
when asked how he was doing
during the first peopled space mission in history
on 12th of April 1961 he became the first human in space
Vostok 1 (Восто́к-1, East 1 Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1) lifted off at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time 
from Tyuratam, Kazakhstan
at that time USSR's Central-Asian Kazakh Republic
home to the modern Baikonur Cosmodrome
Four years later France initiated its own national space program based in Hammaguir, Algeria. Notably, the Diamant rocker program was used to put the first French satellite, Astérix, into orbit on November 26, 1965, and subsequently three other satellites 1965-67. 
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