Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Legend of G S Titov: First Man to Take a Nap in Space

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G S Titov was a big-time Orthodox Christian… I thought that you’d like to know that… he also liked fast cars, fast women, and a bottle or two (he chugged a full bottle of pivo right after landing)… typical Russian, no?



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6 August 1961… 55 years ago…

Soviet cosmonaut G S Titov made the second space flight in history. On 6 August 1961, at 09.00 MSK, Titov blasted into orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok-2 and stayed there for 25 hours 11 minutes, circling the Earth 17 times. German Titov proved that people could live and work in space. He took the first pictures of Earth from space, ate the first lunch and dinner in weightlessness, and even managed to get some sleep. It was the second manned space flight, but it was the full first day spent in space. At the time of the flight, Titov was only a month short of being 26-years-old, making him the youngest of all cosmonauts who’ve flown in space. After the flight, Titov took part in various space programmes; he was still active as of 1992. Colleagues noted the extraordinary breadth of Titov’s professional interests, ranging from constructing schools and kindergartens for the children of astronauts to the creation of complex spacecraft. Titov was an academician at the K E Tsiolkovsky Academy of Astronautics and the International Academy of Informatisation. His books Семнадцать космических зорь (Seventeen Cosmic Dawns), Первый космонавт планеты (The First Cosmonaut of the Planet), Голубая моя планета (Blue is My Planet), and На звездных и земных орбитах (On Stellar and Terrestrial Orbits) became handbooks for many generations of cosmonauts.

6 August 2016



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