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1st time 2 spacecrafts in space at same time...



Item # 637804

August 13, 1962

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusetts, August 13, 1962 

* 2 spacecrafts in orbit for 1st time 
* Vostok III and IV 
* Russian Cosmonauts 

This 8 page newspaper has a banner headline on the front page: "Twin Cosmonauts Still Circling Earth" with related photos. (see) Tells of the very first time 2 manned spacecrafts were in orbit at the same time.

Other news of the day. Good condition.

wikipedia notes: Vostok 3 (Russian: Восток-3, Orient 3 or East 3) was a spaceflight of the Soviet space program intended to determine the ability of the human body to function in conditions of weightlessness and test the endurance of the Vostok 3KA spacecraft over longer flights. Cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev orbited the Earth 64 times over nearly four days in space, a feat which would not be matched by NASA until the Gemini program.

Vostok 3 and Vostok 4 were launched a day apart on trajectories that brought the spacecraft within approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) of one another. The cosmonauts aboard the two capsules also communicated with each other via radio, the first ship-to-ship communications in space. These missions marked the first time that more than one manned spacecraft was in orbit at the same time, giving Soviet mission controllers the opportunity to learn to manage this scenario.

Category: The 20th Century

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