Vostok-K | Vostok 2

Soviet Space Program launch of a Vostok-K Rocket

Soviet Space Program was scheduled to launch a Vostok-K rocket as part of the Vostok 2 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Sun, Aug 6th, 1961, 2:00 AM EDT from 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Vostok 2

The second crewed space launch carrying the Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov to orbit. The mission lasted 25 hours and 18 minutes and completed 17.5 orbits. He remains the youngest person to reach space, being a month short of 26 at the time of the launch.

Location

1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Vostok

The Vostok-K was an expendable carrier rocket used by the Soviet Union for thirteen launches between 1960 and 1964, six of which were manned. The Vostok-K made its maiden flight on 22 December 1960, three weeks after the retirement of the Vostok-L. The third stage engine failed 425 seconds after launch, and the payload, a Korabl-Sputnik spacecraft, failed to reach orbit. The spacecraft was recovered after landing, and the two dogs aboard the spacecraft survived the flight. On 12 April 1961, a Vostok-K rocket was used to launch Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight, which made Yuri Gagarin the first human to fly in space.

Soviet Space Program

Crew

Gherman Titov

Gherman Titov

Pilot - Russian

Gherman Stepanovich Titov (Russian: Герман Степанович Титов; 11 September 1935 – 20 September 2000) was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 6 August 1961, became the second human to orbit the Earth, aboard Vostok 2, preceded by Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1. He was the fourth person in space, counting suborbital voyages of US astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.

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