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Vostok 6

Vostok 6
Mission Insignia
Mission Statistics
Mission Name:Vostok 6
Call Sign:Чайка (Chayka - "Seagull")
Number of Crew Members:1
Launch:June 16, 1963
09:29:52 UTC
Baikonur LC1
Landing:June 19, 1963
08:20 UTC
53 16' N, 80 27' E
Duration:2 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes
Number of Orbits:48

A joint flight with Vostok 5, Vostok 6 carried the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. This was largely a publicity exercise on the part of Soviet space programme director Sergei Korolev, but data was collected on the female body's reaction to spaceflight. The mission was originally conceived as being a joint mission with two Vostoks carrying female cosmonauts, but this changed as the Vostok programme was cut back

The re-entry capsule is now on display at the RKK Energia Museum in Kaluga.

This was the final Vostok flight.


Mission Parameters

Previous Mission:
Vostok 5
Vostok programme Next Mission:
Voskhod 1