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SOVIET COSMONAUTS: VOSTOK PROGRAMRare 7¼x4¾ photo signed by all six of the first Soviet cosmonauts in space Photograph signed: "Gagarin", "Titov", "Nikolayev", "Popovich", "Bykovsky" and "Tereshkova" in Russian.

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SOVIET COSMONAUTS: VOSTOK PROGRAMRare 7¼x4¾ photo signed by all six of the first Soviet cosmonauts in space Photograph signed: "Gagarin", "Titov", "Nikolayev", "Popovich", "Bykovsky" and "Tereshkova" in Russian. B/w, 7¼x4¾. Informal photograph of all the Soviet Vostok cosmonauts, the first six Russians in space, each flying solo. YURI GAGARIN (1934-1968) was the first person to orbit the Earth, aboard Vostok I on April 12, 1961. He was in training for another mission when the Mig-15 he was piloting crashed in 1968. ANDRIAN NIKOLAYEV (1929-2004),an original Russian cosmonaut, was aboard Vostok 3 (1962) and Soyuz 9 (1970). On both flights, he set records for the longest time in space, and he made the first broadcast from space (August 1962). He survived an assassination attempt on Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev in 1969. He also married the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, in 1963, although the couple divorced in 1980. PAVEL R. POPOVICH (1930-2009) flew solo aboard Vostok 4 (1962) and was the commander of Soyuz 14 (1974), which occupied the Salyut space station. He was scheduled for a circumlunar flight but it was cancelled after the success of Apollo 8 (1968). GHERMAN TITOV (1935-2000), the second Russian in space, was the first to spend more than a day in space. VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (b.1937)was the first woman in space. She was aboard the sixth Soviet mission, Vostok 6, June 16-19, 1963. Tereshkova passed within three miles of Vostok 5, launched June 14th. She orbited the Earth 48 times in her 70 hour and 50 minute flight. Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev presided at Tereshkova's marriage to cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev. Their daughter Elena was the first child born to two space travelers. Tereshkova later served in the Supreme Soviet and made many goodwill visits abroad. In 1963, VALERY BYKOVSKY (b.1934) flew aboard Vostok 5. The mission holds the record for the longest ever flown (five days) by a single astronaut. In 1976, Bykovsky commanded Soyuz 22. The crew spent 21 days in space. In 1978, Sigmund Jaehn became the first East German in space when he and Bykovsky spent a week aboard Salyut 6 performing experiments. The first multi-crew of three people was aboard Russia's next launch, Voshkod 1, in 1964. Diagonal crease at upper right corner (not visible head-on). Otherwise, fine condition.

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