DescriptionColonel General Nikolai P. Kamanin Map for Vostok 3KA Landing, Inscribed and Signed in Russian. 17" x 22.5". Kamanin has also marked on this general staff map the landing site of the first man-rated Vostok spacecraft 3KA-1, which occurred on March 9, 1961, carrying a mannequin dubbed Ivan Ivanovich and the famous space dog Chernushka. (The mannequin is now exhibited now at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.) This unique map is signed "N. Kamanin" and inscribed twice in Russian, "Flight of Spacecraft 'Vostok' 9.3.61, Point of Landing, I was present, N. Kamanin 9.3.61."
Nikolai P. Kamanin was head of the Soviet space program and one of the most famous pilots of Soviet aviation history. He was one of the first military heroes of the Soviet Union and holder of the Hero Gold Star #3. He also became a greatly decorated World War II hero and, because of this, was assigned command of the first Cosmonaut Corps for the Soviet Union.
The two unmanned missions immediately preceding the first manned flight used the same spacecraft design as in the manned missions, a design called Vostok 3KA. The approval of a manned mission was contingent upon the success of the two automated Vostok 3KA missions. The first of these unmanned flights, 3KA-1, was launched on March 9, 1961. It carried the dog Chernushka into orbit, as well as a mannequin called Ivan Ivanovich, who wore a functioning SK-1 spacesuit (now exhibited at the Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.).
This map is an official Soviet-government "General Staff" map of the territory that comprised the landing area of the first of the man rated Vostok 3KA-1, marked with a red plus in a red circle. Underlined in red is the nearest city (Zainsk). These maps were top secret military maps and, if found in unauthorized hands, could result in immediate arrest for sabotage, or worse. This map, then, is the first "Landing Map of the first Man rated Spacecraft" and it's landing location. Excellent condition.
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