DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Vostok spacecraft capsule mounting system. Close-up of the capsule mounting system of a Vostok space-craft. The Vostok programme was a Soviet human spaceflight project to put the first Soviet cosmonauts into low Earth orbit and return them safely. Its first flight was the Vostok 1 mission (launched 12th April 1961), which made Yuri Gagarin the fist man in space.
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