Nikolayev after Vostok 3 landing, 1962

Nikolayev after Vostok 3 landing, 1962

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Caption: Nikolayev after Vostok 3 landing. Soviet cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (1929-2004, left) soon after his landing from the Vostok 3 spacecraft, one of the first manned missions into space. During this solo mission, which took place from 11-15 August 1962, Nikolayev orbited the Earth 64 times. The landing, by parachute after ejecting from the spacecraft as it descended, was in Kyrgyzstan. Photographed on 15 August 1962.

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