COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL PAVEL POPOVICH, MAJOR GENERAL ANDRIAN NIKOLAYEV, GENERAL GHERMAN TITOV - HFSID 264351
COSMONAUTS: YURI GAGARIN, GHERMAN S. TITOV, ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV and PAVYEL POPOVICH The first four cosmonauts in space pen their names on this 6x4¼ black and white photo Photograph
Sale Price $3,060.00
COSMONAUTS: YURI GAGARIN, GHERMAN S. TITOV, ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV and PAVYEL POPOVICH The first four cosmonauts in space pen their names on this 6x4¼ black and white photo Photograph signed: "Gagarin", "Nikolayev", "Popovich" and "Titov". B/w, 6x4¼. On April 12, 1961, YURI GAGARIN (1934-1968), aboard Vostok 1, made the first space flight by a human being (One hour and 48 minutes), putting the Soviet Union ahead in the space race. GHERMAN S. TITOV (1935-2000) then made the first multi-orbital flight aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits in 25 hours 18 minutes, August 6-7, 1961). The first dual launch took place on August 11 and 12, 1962. Vostok 3, with ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV (1929-2004) aboard, and Vostok 4, manned by PAVYEL POPOVICH (1930-2009), came within three miles of each other during the first orbit of Vostok 4. Vostok 3 completed 64 orbits in 94 hours, 24 minutes, while Vostok 4 made 48 orbits in 70 hours, 57 minutes. As Soviet space flights were never publicized in advance, this photograph was most likely taken when there were only four Soviet cosmonauts, between Nikolayev and Popovich's 1962 flights and Valery Bykovsky's June 14, 1963 flight aboard Vostok 5. Fine condition.
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