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Vostok 5

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Vostok 5
Mission insignia
Mission statistics
Mission name Vostok 5
Spacecraft type Vostok 3KA
Spacecraft mass 4,720 kg (10,400 lb)
Crew size 1
Call sign Ястреб (Yastreb - "Hawk")
Booster Vostok 8K72K
Launch pad Gagarin's Start, Baikonur Cosmodrome[1]
Launch date 14 June 1963 11:58:58 (1963-06-14T11:58:58) UTC
Landing site 53°24′N 68°37′E / 53.4°N 68.617°E / 53.4; 68.617
Landing June 19 1963 11:06 (1963-06-19T11:07) UTC
Mission duration 4d/23:07
Number of orbits 82
Apogee 131 km (81 mi)
Perigee 130 km (81 mi)
Orbital period 87.1 minutes
Orbital inclination 64.9°
Crew photo
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Vostok 5 (Russian: Восток-5, Orient 5 or East 5) was a joint mission of the Soviet space program together with Vostok 6; as with the previous pair of Vostok 3 and Vostok 4 the two Vostok spacecraft came close to one another in orbit and established a radio link.

Cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky was originally intended to stay in orbit for eight days, but the mission details changed many times due to elevated levels of solar flare activity at the time and he was eventually ordered back after five days. This remains today the record for solo manned flight in earth orbit.

A problem with the spacecraft's waste collection system is reported to have made conditions "unpleasant" in the capsule. The only other difficulty encountered was that, like on Vostok 1 and Vostok 2, the re-entry module failed to separate cleanly from the service module when it was time for Bykovsky to come home.

The re-entry capsule is now on display at the Tsiolkovsky Museum in Kaluga.


Position Cosmonaut
Pilot Valery Bykovsky
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Cosmonaut
Pilot Boris Volynov

Reserve crew

Position Cosmonaut
Pilot Alexei Leonov

Mission parameters

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Published in July 2009.

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