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October 11, 1960

DECREE OF THE CPSU CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND USSR COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON THE OBJECT VOSTOK-3A

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    Decree issued by the Central Committee and the Council of Ministers entitled “On the Object Vostok-3A” approving the plan to carry out a human spaceflight in December 1960.
    "Decree of the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers on the Object Vostok-3A," October 11, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Selected, edited, and annotated by Asif Siddiqi. Translated by Gary Goldberg and Angela Greenfield. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/260537
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Decree issued by the Central Committee and the Council of Ministers entitled “On the Object Vostok-3A” approving the plan to carry out a human spaceflight in December 1960.[1] – Asif Siddiqi

Nº 1110-462

October 11, 1960

Top Secret

of special importance

The CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers DECREES to:

1. Adopt the proposal[2] of the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Defense Technology, the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Radio-Electronics, the USSR Ministry of Defense, the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Shipbuilding, the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Aviation Technology, and the USSR Academy of Sciences, considered and approved by the Commission of the Presidium of the USSR Council of Ministers for Military-Industrial Questions on the preparation for and the launch of a manned spacecraft (object Vostok-3A) in December 1960, considering this a task of especial importance.

2. In a change to the CPSU CC [Central Committee] and USSR Council of Ministers Decree Nº 587-2383 of June 4, 1960 move the deadline:

a) for the preparation for the launch of the Elektron satellite to March-April 1961;

b) the creation and launch of the Luna satellite (object Ye-7) to the end of 1961;

c) the creation of an automated science station on the surface of the Moon (object Ye-6) by one quarter.

3. Hold the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Defense Technology responsible for preparing a schedule for the manufacture of Vostok-3A objects for 1960 coordinated with related departments, and the Commission of the Presidium of the USSR Council of Ministers for Military-Industrial Questions is to approve this schedule.

THE CPSU CENTRAL COMMITTEE

THE USSR COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Archival source: APRF, f. 3, op. 47, d. 277, l. 105 Certified copy on a form. Originally published with abridgments in Izvestiia TsK KPSS no. 5 (1991): 103.

[1] The draft decree was approved on October 11, 1960 at a CPSU CC Presidium meeting (Nº P305/X).

[2] For the proposal, dated September 10, 1960, to carry out a human spaceflight in December 1960, see Document 8.

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