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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GENERAL GHERMAN TITOV - HFSID 250782

 
YURI GAGARIN and GHERMAN TITOV
The first two cosmonauts to orbit the Earth sign this 5¾x4 postcard photo
Photograph signed: "Titov" and "Gagarin" in Russian. Color, 5¾x4. Date of September 16, 1961, printed in Russian on verso. On April 12, 1961, YURI GAGARIN (1934-1968) became the first man in space aboard Vostok 1. His flight of one Earth orbit lasted only one hour and 48 minutes. Upon his return, Gagarin was celebrated as a hero in the Soviet Union; monuments were raised to him and streets named in his honor. He was in training for another mission when the Mig-15 he was piloting crashed in 1968. On August 6, 1961, GHERMAN TITOV (1935-2000), aboard Vostok 2, orbited the Earth 17 times, spending 25 hours and 18 minutes in space. At 26, he was the youngest man in space. Titov died in 2000. At the time this photograph was taken, Gagarin and Titov were the only Russians who had been to space. Pre-printed Russian space stamp on verso. Lightly worn at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.


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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN
Born: March 9, 1934 in Klushino / Smolensk Oblast / Russia
Died: March 27, 1968 in Novoselovo / Vladimir Oblast / Russia


Colonel Yuri A. Gagarin was born on a collective farm in a region west of Moscow, Russia on March 9, 1934. His father was a carpenter. Yuri attended the local school for six years and continued his education at vocational and technical schools.

Yuri Gagarin joined the Russian Air Force in 1955 and graduated with honors from the Soviet Air Force Academy in 1957. Soon afterward, he became a military fighter pilot. By 1959, he had been selected for cosmonaut training as part of the first group of USSR cosmonauts.

Yuri Gagarin flew only one space mission. On April 12, 1961 he became the first human to orbit Earth. Gagarin's spacecraft, Vostok 1, circled Earth at a speed of 27,400 kilometers per hour. The flight lasted 108 minutes. At the highest point, Gagarin was about 327 kilometers above Earth.

Once in orbit, Yuri Gagarin had no control over his spacecraft. Vostok's reentry was controlled by a computer program sending radio commands to the space capsule. Although the controls were locked, a key had been placed in a sealed envelope in case an emergency situation made it necessary for Gagarin to take control. As was planned, Cosmonaut Gagarin ejected after reentry into Earth's atmosphere and landed by parachute.

Colonel Yuri Gagarin died on March 27, 1968 when the MiG-15 he was piloting crashed near Moscow. At the time of his death, Yuri Gagarin was in training for a second space mission.




GENERAL GHERMAN TITOV
Born: September 11, 1935 in Altai Krai, Russian SFSR
Died: September 20, 2000 in Moscow, Russia


Gherman Stepanovich Titov (11 September 1935 – 20 September 2000) was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 6 August 1961, became the second human to orbit the Earth aboard Vostok 2, preceded by Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1. Titov was the fourth man in space after Gagarin and Americans Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom (the latter two made suborbital voyages).
 
Titov's flight finally proved that humans could live and work in space. He was the first person to orbit the Earth multiple times (a total of 17), to spend more than a day in space, to sleep in orbit and to suffer from space sickness. He was the first to pilot a spaceship personally and he made the first manual photographs from orbit, thus setting a record for modern space photography. A month short of 26 years old at launch, he remains the youngest person to fly in space.
 
In his subsequent life Titov continued to work for the Soviet space program, playing a major role in Spiral project where he trained to become the first pilot of an orbital spaceplane. However, after the death of Yuri Gagarin in a military aircraft accident in 1968 the Soviet government decided it couldn't afford to lose its second cosmonaut, and so Titov's career as test pilot ended.
 
Titov served in the Soviet Air Force and become General-Colonel, and in his final years in post-Soviet Russia he became a Communist politician.

Film Credits
2009 Cosmonaut (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 1998 Cold War (in person), 1961 Unser Sandmännchen (in person)


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