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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • June 26, 1958

    Letter, A. Bakulev et al. to Comrade N.S. Khrushchev

    Proposal from biomedicine specialists addressed to Nikita Khrushchev to create a new scientific-research institution dedicated solely to study the biomedical aspects of space exploration. The authors ask that a unit from the Air Force’s existing Institute of Aviation Medicine be detached and made into a new institute for space medicine.

  • 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.

  • January 05, 1959

    Decree of the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers on Biomedical Research

    Central Committee and Council of Ministers Decree titled “On Strengthening Scientific-Research Work in the Field of Biomedical Support to Spaceflight” that transformed the Institute of Aviation Medicine to the Institute of Aviation and Space Medicine.