Their Lives, Legacy, and Historical Impact

Colin Burgess and Rex Hall

THE FIRST SOVIET COSMONAUT TEAM During the first months of 1960, with the United States and the USSR engaged in plans to launch the first manned spacecraft, twenty young Soviet Air Force officers reported for duty at a top secret training facility just outside Moscow. From among these cosmonaut candidates would emerge the first person to fly into space Yuri Gagarin.

Eventually twelve of these cosmonauts realized their dream of flying missions into space, but the other eight fell by the wayside. A quarter of a century would pass before the world learned the identities of these eight men, whose names were kept a closely guarded secret and were bypassed in spaceflight history.

Now, for the first time, the full facts and biographical details are revealed for all twenty Soviet pilots in that first cosmonaut group men given the unparalleled chance to create history, but who lived (and sometimes died) in a State-enforced Cold War anonymity.

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Extent: 400 pages, 170 illustrations
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-387-84823-5

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