Popovich at Vostok 4 launch, 1962

Popovich at Vostok 4 launch, 1962

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Caption: Popovich at Vostok 4 launch. Soviet cosmonaut Pavel Popovich (1930-2009) in his launch suit for the Vostok 4 spacecraft, one of the first manned missions into space. During this solo mission, which took place from 12-15 August 1962, Popovich orbited the Earth 48 times. Photographed at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, on 12 August 1962.

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