Monday, August 7, 2017

Vostok 2 returns to Earth after 1 day in orbit, 1961

August 7, 1961, Vostok 2 returned to Earth just one day after it blasted off from Baikinor in Russia.  The cosmonaut, Gherman Titov, is the youngest person to fly in space.  He was just shy of his 26th birthday when he made the journey.

He made 17 orbits, which surpassed Yuri Gagarin's one orbit on Vostok 1, just a few months earlier.  Titov was also the first astronaut to sleep in space (he napped for about 8 hours) and the first to film Earth from orbit, taking over 10 minutes of footage.

Titov is the first person to barf in space, giving rise to the term 'space sickness'.

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