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THE SOVIET UNION AND CHINA IN SPACE
Soviet Vostok Program: Large Section of Parachute Attributed to
Korabl-Sputnik 5. An 84" x 20" uneven piece of material
purported to be part of the reentry parachute for this flight that
took place in March 1961, the last test before Yuri Gagarin's
historic mission. No written provenance available but it was
obtained in Moscow with a credible story; various pieces of this
craft were auctioned in the 1990s at Sotheby's. It has been
carefully compared to similar Vostok parachutes in the Moscow
Museum of Cosmonautics. Well worn, folds, ragged, very good.
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