Titov, Gherman

Soviet cosmonaut, 4th man in space, 2nd to orbit the Earth (1960)

Price: $60.00

Description:
(1935-2000) USSR cosmonaut selected for cosmonaut training in 1960, 2nd man to orbit the Earth on Vostok 2 (1961), following Yuri Gagarin, 4th person in space (counting suborbital voyages of astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom). He was the 1st person to orbit the Earth (17 times), to spend more than a day in space, to sleep in orbit and to suffer from space sickness - he was the 1st person to vomit in space. He was also 1st to pilot a spaceship personally and made the 1st manual photographs from orbit. A month short of 26 at launch, he remains the youngest person to fly in space. He worked for the Soviet space program training to become the 1st pilot of an orbital spaceplane. However, after the death of Gagarin in 1968 the Soviet government decided it couldn't afford to lose its 2nd cosmonaut, and so his career as a test pilot ended, retiring in 1992 from the space program. He was a Colonel-General of the USSR Air Force and in his final years in post-Soviet Russia he became a Communist politician. Titov proposed the Soviet Government regularly celebrate Cosmonaut's Day on April 12, the day of Gagarin's flight. Elected to the Duma in 1995 served to his death. He received many Soviet decorations including Hero of the Soviet Union. Titov Crater on the far side of the Moon is named for him. 3 x 5 white card signed by Titov in green ink

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed card






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