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COLONEL YURI GAGARIN - INVITATION SIGNED CIRCA 1968 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL ANDRIAN NIKOLAYEV, MAJOR GENERAL VALERI BYKOVSKY, MAJOR GENERAL VALENTINA TERESHKOVA, GENERAL GHERMAN TITOV - HFSID 264350

COSMONAUTS: YURI GAGARIN, VALERI BYKOVSKY, VALENTINA TERESHKOVA, ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV and GHERMAN TITOV All five sign a printed invitation to attend a 50th anniversary celebration for the Soviet Army and Fleet Invitation signed:

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COSMONAUTS: YURI GAGARIN, VALERI BYKOVSKY, VALENTINA TERESHKOVA, ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV and GHERMAN TITOV All five sign a printed invitation to attend a 50th anniversary celebration for the Soviet Army and Fleet Invitation signed: "Gagarin", "Bykovsky", "Tereshkova", "Nikolayev" and "Titov" in Russian, 7¼x5 card embossed with Soviet emblem. Moscow, circa February 1968. In Russian, roughly translated. In full: "The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR and Government invites Comrade Morozov to attend a party commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Army and Fleet, to be held on Saturday, 24th February, 1968 at 11:00 a.m." On April 12, 1961, 27-year-old Major YURI GAGARIN (1934-1968) orbited the Earth in Vostok 1 in a flight that lasted one hour and 48 minutes, becoming the first man in space. Three weeks later, America's first man in space, Alan Shepard, completed a 15-minute suborbital flight. In 1967, Gagarin began training for the first Soyuz flight. On March 27, 1968, just 32 days after the date of this event, the 34-year-old Gagarin was killed when the jet he was test piloting crashed. GHERMAN S. TITOV (1935-2000) made the first multi-orbital flight aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits in 25 hours 18 minutes, August 6-7, 1961). ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV (1929-2004) was aboard Vostok 3 (1962) and Soyuz 9 (1970). He married Valentina Tereshkova in 1963; they divorced in 1980. VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (b.1937), the first woman in space, was aboard the sixth Soviet mission, Vostok 6, June 16-19, 1963. She passed within three miles of Vostok 5, launched June 14th. She orbited the Earth 48 times in her 70 hour and 50 minute flight. VALERI BYKOVSKY (b.1934) piloted Vostok 5, the fifth manned Soviet space flight (June 14-19, 1963). Vostok 6, with Tershkova aboard, was launched June 16, 1963, and passed within 3 miles of Vostok 5. Bykovsky returned to space in 1976, aboard Soyuz 22 to take Earth-resources photographs. In 1978, Bykovsky went on his third mission, aboard Soyuz 31, for eight days with Sigmund Jahn, the first East German in space, docking with the Salyut 6 space station. Signatures of five of the Soviet Union's original cosmonauts. Lightly creased at lower right-hand corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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