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The First Decade: 1961–1970

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

12 April 1961 dawned a fine spring day at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Yuri Gagarin and his back-up, Gherman Titov, awoke in their tiny log cabin alongside a second cottage where the home of their mentor, the space designer Sergei Korolyov had found it hard to sleep. The two were suited up in the MIK building nearby, and by 08:50 Baikonur time were at Pad 1, exiting from a bus in which they had travelled with many fellow cosmonauts. Traditional hugs and kisses followed at the foot of the rocket, before Gagarin left Titov grounded. Gagarin was inside his capsule (known as the “sharik” - sphere) by 09:10 hours.

Keywords

Landing Site Inclination Orbit Lunar Orbit Orbital Module Manned Space 
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© Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichester, UK 2007

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