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First cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin



First Cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin

Flight on 12 April 1961 from Tyuratam (Baikonur)

Fig. 15.11. First cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin in Tyuratam on 12 June 1963, more than two years after his historical space flight. Gagarin is in the uniform of an Air Force lieutenant-colonel. Major Andrian Nikolaev, the third Soviet cosmonaut, is on the left. From: M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, Reston, Va., 2004, p. 347.


Fig. 15.10. Vostok rocket that launched the first man into space on display in Moscow. One can clearly see the third stage separated from the rocket sustainer ("second") stage with four booster (side) sections. From: M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, Reston, Va., 2004, p.346.


Mike Gruntman, From Astronautics to Cosmonautics, BookSurge, North Charleston, S.C., 2007

Nominated for the Emme Award (2008) of the American Astronautical Society.

The book tells histories of the words astronaut, cosmonaut, astronautics, and cosmonautics and space pioneers, Robert Esnault-Pelterie and Ary Sternfeld, who introduced them, respectively, to the language of science and engineering.


M. Gruntman, Socks for the First Cosmonaut of Planet Earth (pdf), Quest, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 44-48, 2011.


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