Human Spaceflights

International Flight No. 2

Vostok 2



Patch Vostok 2

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Launch, orbit and landing data

Launch date:  06.08.1961
Launch time:  06:00:00 UTC
Launch site:  Baikonur
Launch pad:  1
Altitude:  183 - 244 km
Inclination:  64.93°
Landing date:  07.08.1961
Landing time:  07:18:?? UTC
Landing site:  50°51' N, 47°01'30" E

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German Titov

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No.   Surname Given names Position Flight No. Duration Orbits
1  Titov  German Stepanovich  Pilot Cosmonaut 1 1d 01h 18m ??s  17 

Crew seating arrangement

1  Titov

1st Backup Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Nikolayev  Andriyan Grigoriyevich  Pilot Cosmonaut
Andriyan Nikolayev

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2nd Backup Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Nelyubov  Grigori Grigoriyevich  Pilot Cosmonaut
Grigori Nelyubov


Launch vehicle:  Vostok Ye10316
Spacecraft:  Vostok (3A 3KA No. 4)


This mission marked the second human spaceflight. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and landing 70 km southeast of Engels (5 - 10 km north of Krasny Kut).

Unlike to Yuri Gagarin with Vostok 1 German Titov took over with manual control of the spacecraft, but only for a while. Looking through the porthole of the capsule, he made a video movie 10 minutes long. German Titov was able to sleep a few hours during the spaceflight, although he went through some inconveniencies such as an unknown space sickness and problems with a malfunctioning heater.

A camera aboard the spacecraft transmitted smiling pictures of German Titov to the ground as he passed over Soviet territory on the fifth orbit. German Titov settled down to sleep during the seventh orbit; he awoke over eight hours later, 37 minutes after the scheduled end of his sleep period. Sleep did not relieve German Titov's serious discomfort; he still felt very ill after awaking. After 12 orbits German Titov suddenly began to recover, and became "completely functional and fully fit".

The reentry module failed to separate smoothly from its service module, but after several connecting pieces burned down during reentry, the capsule recovered a stable attitude. As planned, German Titov left the capsule with a catapult seat.

Even today is German Titov the ever-youngest human in space during his spaceflight.

Photos / Graphics

Vostok spacecraft Vostok on the top of the rocket
Vostok spaceship Vostok
Vostok rocket Vostok reentry
Titov in training German Titov in training
Titov on launch pad Vostok 2 launch
Vostok 2 inflight Vostok 2 inflight
Vostok 2 inflight Vostok 2 inflight
Vostok 2 recovery  


Last update on September 12, 2022.