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Taken by a TV camera inside the Vostok 2 spacecraft

Gherman Titov taking the first motion picture camera images from space

Vostok 2, August 6, 1961

Vintage gelatin silver print on fiber-based paper, 15 x 20cm, original wire press photo, with “Reportagebild Stockholm- Sweden” credit copyright stamp on the verso

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Taken by a motion picture camera held by Gherman Titov

First man-made images from space

Vostok 2, August 6-7, 1961

Two vintage gelatin silver prints on fiber-based paper, 20.5 x 25.4cm (8 x 10 in) and 15 x 20cm, original press wire photos, the first with “The Daily Telegraph Art Deparment” credit stamp dated “29 Aug 1961” and press caption on the verso, the second with “Reportagebild Stockholm- Sweden” credit copyright stamp on the verso
20.5 x 25.4cm (8 x 10 in)

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Vostok 2 was a Soviet space mission which carried cosmonaut Gherman Titov into orbit for a full day on August 6, 1961 to study the effects of a more prolonged period of weightlessness on the human body. Titov orbited the Earth over 17 times, exceeding the single orbit of Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1 as well as the suborbital spaceflights of American astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom aboard their respective Mercury-Redstone 3 and 4 missions. Indeed, Titov’s number of orbits and flight time would not be surpassed by an American astronaut until Gordon Cooper’s Mercury-Atlas 9 spaceflight in May 1963.

Titov was the world’s first man to make images from space using a motion picture camera during his flight.

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Titov made the historic first man-made images from space using a motion picture camera during his orbital flight.

[Press caption] Astronaut’s pictures.
These pictures, released today in the Russian Government Izvestia, were taken by Major Gherman Titov, Russia’s second spaceman, as he orbited the Earth 17 times in Vostok II earlier this month. Various cloud formations are clearly seen in the picture above which was taken through the spaceship’s porthole at a height of 155 miles.

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