Vostok 1
Mission Insignia
Mission Statistics
Mission Name:Vostok 1
Call Sign:Кедр (Kedr - "Cedar")
Number of Crew Members:1
Launch:April 12, 1961
06:07 UTC
Baikonur LC1
Landing:April 12, 1961
07:55 UTC
51 N, 46 E
Duration:1 hour, 48 minutes
Number of Orbits:1

Vostok 1 was the first manned space mission. Launched on April 12, 1961, Vostok 1 took Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space, the first time anyone had ever journeyed beyond the Earth's atmosphere and the first time anyone went into orbit.

Gagarin orbited the Earth once, in 108 minutes, and returned unharmed, ejecting from the Vostok capsule 7 km above the ground and parachuting separately to the ground (the capsule's parachute landing was too rough for cosmonauts to risk).

The re-entry capsule is now on display at the RKK Energia Museum in Kaluga.

Vostok (Восток) is Russian for East.


Mission Parameters

  • Mass: 4725 kg
  • Perigee: 169 km
  • Apogee: 315 km
  • Inclination: 65.0
  • Period: 89.3 minutes

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