Accession Number : AD0671652

Title :   FIRST RECORDS IN SPACE,

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Borisenko,I. G.

Report Date : 25 AUG 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : A popular propaganda narrative account of world records established by Soviet astronauts. The author, sports commissar of the Central Aero Club, was closely connected with all flights in order to present official data to the International Aviation Federation to insure that these achievements would be recognized as world records. In narrative and tabulated form he reports dates, times, place of launch, weight of space craft, duration of flight, distance, altitude, number of orbits, and precise location of the landing of the craft and of the astronauts. In contrast to the first six flights, that of Vostok-2 is lacking in detail. The only record claimed is for altitude. Weight of the craft is listed as 'about 6000 kg'. Distance travelled is reported as 'more than 720,000 kms.' Time and place of landing is omitted. Author merely states that he talked to the two astronauts 'a little more than 24 hours after launch when they had already landed on Permian Earth.' Contrary to his earlier narrative he makes no mention that he recorded the markings on the side of the craft after landing. The final portion of the book is devoted to the U.S. space flights all of which are compared unfavorably to those of USSR. Attention is focused on each American mishap in contrast to no mention whatsoever of any Soviet deviation from plan or of any difficulty encountered. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPACE FLIGHT, USSR), PROPAGANDA, ASTRONAUTS, MANNED SPACECRAFT, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE