Today, however, marks a couple of important dates in that "space race."
On April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space...and the first person to orbit the earth from space.
So, aside from Ellen's 29th birthday, today is Yuri's Day honoring the first steps humans took into space.
There's another anniversary in space. Thirty years ago today, a year to the day before the youngest Bloom came into the world, the US launched its first space shuttle.
In honor of the anniversary NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson hooked up late last week to pay homage to Yuri Gagarin when they whipped out their flutes for "the first space-Earth duet".