Poyekhali”: A man in space

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


“Why Gagarin and myself were chosen? It’s difficult to say,” Gherman Titov once mused during a translated interview with the CNN network. “The commanders chose us. But all the six of us were equally well-trained, and each could pilot the Vostok spacecraft. It was Gagarin’s character that mattered most. You have to understand me correctly: the first man in space had to be a nice, attractive person. [We were] told [it would be Gagarin] on the 9th of April, and journalists say that I was so glad for Yuri that I almost went to kiss him. I was disappointed, because I also counted that I would be the first man in space. But as the decision had been made, what was there to do?” [1].


Collective Farm Work Pass Instrument Module Descent Module Soviet Space 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. [1]
    Interview with Gherman Titov, CNN Cold War series, conducted March 1996. Online at Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    Adam Tanner, “Once adored cosmonaut looks back,” Reuters, 28 April 1999.Google Scholar
  3. [3]
    Yaroslav Golovanov, Cosmonaut No. 1, serialized in Izvestia newspaper, 2–6 April 1986. Extracts translated by Jonathan McDowell.Google Scholar
  4. [4]
    “Gagarin smile still shines on Planet Earth,” Pravda, Moscow, 12 April 2001.Google Scholar
  5. [5]
    Nicholas Daniloff, The Kremlin and the Cosmos, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1972.Google Scholar
  6. [6]
    Yaroslav Golovanov, Korolev: fakty I mify, Nauka, Moscow, 1994, pp. 634–635.Google Scholar
  7. [7]
    Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, Starman: The Truth behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin, Bloomsbury, London, 1998.Google Scholar
  8. [8]
    Asif Siddiqi, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945–1974, NASA History Division publication, Washington, D.C., 2000.Google Scholar
  9. [9]
    Yuri Gagarin, Road to the Stars: Notes by Soviet Cosmonaut No. 1, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1962.Google Scholar
  10. [10]
    ESA News from Moscow, “40th Anniversary of Gagarin’s flight: Gagarin’s triumph inspires,” No. 9, 16 April 2001.Google Scholar
  11. [11]
    David Scott and Alexei Leonov, Two Sides of the Moon, Simon & Schuster, London, 2004.Google Scholar
  12. [12]
    Yaroslav Golovanov, Our Gagarin, Progress, Moscow, 1978.Google Scholar
  13. [13]
    Lev Mayanin, “The First Cosmic Flight a Year On,” Pravda, 12 April 1962.Google Scholar
  14. [14]
    “The cruise of the Vostok,” Time magazine, Friday, 21 April 1961.Google Scholar
  15. [15]
    William J. Broad, “Russian space mementoes show Gagarin’s ride was a rough one,” New York Times, 5 March 1996.Google Scholar
  16. [16]
    “Manned mission highlights,” Joint Publication Research Service, Report on Science and Technology—Central Eurasia: Space (JPRS-USP-92-004), 10 June 1992.Google Scholar
  17. [17]
    “First spaceman,” Red Star newspaper, Moscow, 31 May 1961.Google Scholar
  18. [18]
    Anon., Always Aim to be the First, Novosti Publications, Moscow, 1991.Google Scholar
  19. [19]
    Los Angeles Times, 15 April 1961.Google Scholar
  20. [20]
    Life magazine, Vol. 50, No. 16, 21 April 1961, pp. 2–12.Google Scholar
  21. [21]
    Pravda, Moscow, 18 June 1961Google Scholar
  22. [22]
    Trevor Rockwell, “The molding of the rising generation: Soviet propaganda and the hero-myth of Iurii Gagarin,” Past Imperfect (Journal of the University of Alberta, Canada), No. 12, 2006.Google Scholar
  23. [23]
    Rex Hall and David J. Shayler, The Rocket Men: Vostok and Voskhod, The First Soviet Manned Spaceflights, Springer/Praxis, Chichester, U.K., 2001.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichester, UK 2009

Personalised recommendations