50 years Gagarin was the first man in the space. And that big event took the russian pioneer to La Vanguardia frontpage. This is still hard to see nowadays... so imagine then.
Some texts are in english, so it makes me think that some stuff was taken form a book or any other place. BUt that's not the important thing. The important thing is to deccide and create this kind of work with 1961 technology.