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    Used during mankind's first space flight.

    General Nikolai P. Kamanin's General Staff Map for Gagarin's Flight, a top-secret official military map used during the first flight of man into space on April 12, 1961. The map reveals the landing site, as well as the apt numbers, instructions to the recovery doctors, and phone numbers at Kubushev of the launch party, which included Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's back-up, Gherman Titov.

    The Columbus space flight by Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, was arguably the premier event of the century. Offered here is an official government map of the territory that comprised the landing area for Yuri A. Gagarin, the first man in space, aboard Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1). This map was carried by General Kamanin, head of the Cosmonaut Corp, to the landing site outside Engels near the Volga River. Marked on the map with a red dot is Gagarin's landing site, 26 km (16 mi) southwest of Engels in the Saratov region at 51.270682°N 45.99727°E. A red line marks the trajectory of the orbital path calculated for recovery. Kamanin has written the date, April 12, 1961, and inscribed on the sides of the map information about the flight, including names of the cities as potential landing sites and the number and kind of aircraft dedicated to the area of Gagarin's potential recovery. Also on another side of the folded map Kamanin has written, "Instructions by (Mitslav) Keldysh to tell the recovery physician Dr. Jakolev to 'don't forget to put the ring on Gagarin's finger and take six diagrams and see how he feels.'" Written on another page in Kamanin's hand are the locations of the rooms (with telephone numbers) at Kubeshiev, which was the military post that held General Constructor Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, Oleg Ivanovsky, M. Keldysh, Barman, and other high ranking members of the launch. Kamanin also wrote in red ink Korolev's room and telephone number. The landing party delegation responsible for flight recovery was also at Kubeshiev. After his landing at Engels on April 12, Gagarin was helicoptered to Kubeshiev. General staff maps were top secret military maps and, if found in unauthorized hands, could result in immediate arrest for sabotage, or worse. This is certainly one of the most historically significant maps of the twentieth century. 37" x 14.5". Very fine condition

    Colonel General Nikolai P. Kamanin was head of the Soviet space program and one of the most famous pilots in Soviet aviation history. He was the first military hero 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.


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