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Vostok 2

Vostok 2
Mission Insignia
Mission Statistics
Mission Name:Vostok 2
Call Sign:Орел (Orel - "Eagle")
Number of Crew Members:1
Launch:August 6, 1961
05:00 UTC
Baikonur LC1
Landing:August 7, 1961
07:18 UTC
51 N, 46 E, near Krasny Kut
Duration:1 day, 1 hour, 18 minutes
Number of Orbits:17.5

Vostok 2 was a Soviet space mission which carried cosmonaut Gherman Titov into orbit for a full day in order to study the effects of a more prolonged period of weightlessness on the human body.

Unlike Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 Titov took manual control of the spacecraft for a short while.

The flight was an almost complete success, marred only by a bout of space sickness, a malfunctioning heater that allowed the inside temperature to drop to 6.1C (43F), and a troublesome re-entry when the re-entry module failed to separate cleanly from its service module.

The re-entry capsule was unfortunately destroyed during development of the Voskhod spacecraft.

As of 2003, Titov remains the youngest person to reach space.


Mission Parameters

Previous Mission:
Vostok 1
Vostok programme Next Mission:
Vostok 3