Today marks the first manned space flight made on 12 April 1961 by the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who circled the Earth aboard the Vostok spacecraft. Belarus holds a firm place in the world space exploration. Satellite Internet, TV broadcasting, gathering information about the state of environment – these are by no means all of the tasks Belarusian satellites perform on orbit. In September Belarus is expecting a global forum. The Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers will welcome legendary space explorers in Minsk.