Cosmonaut Titov, Vostok 2, 1961

Cosmonaut Titov, Vostok 2, 1961

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Caption: Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov (1935-2000), preparing to be launched into space on the Vostok 2 spacecraft, on 6th August 1961. Titov was the second person to orbit the Earth after Gagarin. Titov completed 17 orbits from 6th to 7th August 1961. He ate two meals and slept aboard the spacecraft before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere after 25 hours in space. He became a test pilot, but never returned to space. Photographed at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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