Vostok Two – Remembered

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Vostok Two – Remembered

 

Just sixteen days after America has completed it’s last Manned Sub-orbital flight, and almost six months before it’s first Manned orbital flight, Russia again pulled off another spectacular. This time it was with the flight of Cherman S. Titov in Vostok 2, launched on Sunday 6th August 1961, at 1130 am Moscow Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Titov orbited the Earth seventeen times in a flight lasting 25 hours and 18 minutes, thus he became the first man to spend a full day in space. He was also the youngest man in space (he was 25years and 329 days old on the day of the launch) and he was also the first man to be space-sick, but this did not affect him from manoeuvring his spacecraft and doing other tasks.

The final ‘first’ came when Titov ejected from his spacecraft at a height of 22,000 feet and then landed by parachute away from the capsule, he was the first man to land separately from the craft he was launched in.

During his one and only space-flight Cherman S. Titov travelled 436,656 miles. Illustrated are some First day covers commemorating the flight.

Nigel Harpham

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