August 11, 1961 – First two man mission, Russian Vostok 3 launches

Russian cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (September 5, 1929, and died July 3, 2004) became the seventh person to leave the earth aboard a spacecraft on August 11, 1962. This flight, Vostok 3, was also the first space mission to broadcast television images back to earth. Another fascinating aspect of this mission is that a day later the Russians launched Vostok 4. Both spacecraft orbited at the same time though they did not dock or rendevouz. But some in the United States space program thought they did.

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~ by tellinghistory on August 11, 2007.

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