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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • December 02, 1958

    Letter, M. Khrunichev et al to the CPSU CC

    Proposal submitted to the Central Committee (CC) by a number of industry leaders, scientists, and military officials proposing to strengthen biomedical research to support a future human spaceflight.

  • June 15, 1960

    Proposal from D. Ustinov et al to the CPSU CC on Cosmonaut Training Center

    Proposal to the Central Committee from industrial leaders and the scientific community on creating a cosmonaut training center and establishing regulations on the professional activities of cosmonauts.

  • August 03, 1960

    Decree from N.S. Khrushchev and M. Smirtyukov on Cosmonaut Training Center

    USSR Council of Ministers Decree entitled “The Preparation of a Manned Spaceflight,” approved full-on preparations for a human spaceflight.

  • September 10, 1960

    Proposal from D. Ustinov et al to the CPSU CC on Human Spaceflight

    Formal proposal to Central Committee from a group of industrial leaders, military officials, scientists, and designers to carry out the first human spaceflight by December 1960.

  • September 27, 1960

    Top Secret Service and Character References for Core Group of Six Cosmonauts Training for the First Human Spaceflight

    Brief service and political character references for the core group of six cosmonauts training for the first human spaceflight.

  • January 25, 1961

    Report of the Results of the Examinations held with Cosmonaut Students of the Air Force’s Cosmonaut Training Center

    Results of examinations held with the core group of cosmonaut trainees at the Cosmonaut Training Center.

  • April 03, 1961

    Excerpt from Ninutes Nº 322 of the CC Presidium of April 3, 1961, 'On the Launch of the Satellite-ship'

    Final Presidium (or Politburo) decree, entitled “On the Launch of a Space Satellite-Ship,” approving the launch of a spaceship with a human on board.

  • April 11, 1961

    Transcribed Notes Dictated by Nikita Khrushchev while at Pitsunda on the Eve of Gagarin’s Flight

    Transcribed notes dictated by Nikita Khrushchev while at Pitsunda on the eve of Gagarin’s flight, on April 11, 1961.

  • April 13, 1961

    Questions to Yu. A. Gagarin and Answers of Yu. A. Gagarin (During the State Commission Session of 13.04.1961)

    Transcript of the State Commission’s interview with Yuriy Gagarin after his mission.

  • April 13, 1961

    Top Secret Report of Major Yuri Gagarin

    Full Report of Yury Gagarin to the State Commission after his mission, on April 13, 1961.

  • April 26, 1961

    Excerpt from Minutes Nº 325 of the April 26, 1961, Meeting of the CPSU CC Presidium, 'On the Further Commemoration and Popularization of the First Flight of a Soviet Man in Space'

    Presidium (or Politburo) decree on publicity for the flight of Yuriy Gagarin.

  • May 03, 1961

    Preliminary Report on the Results of the Launch of the Third Vostok-3a Satellite-Ship with Pilot Yu. A. Gagarin on Board (Accomplished On April 12, 1961)

    Preliminary Report analyzing the results of the Vostok flight of Yuriy Gagarin, prepared by the design bureau in charge of the flight, OKB-1, based in Kaliningrad north of Moscow.