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April 3, 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.

March 24, 1961

Report from D. Ustinov et al to the CPSU CC on Preparations to Launch the Vostok-3A

Report to Central Committee from industrial leaders, military leaders, scientists, and designers on preparations to launch a final automated test flight before actual piloted spaceflight.

November 10, 1960

Report from D. Ustinov et al on Preparations for Two Test Flights of the Vostok-A Prototype

Report from industrial leaders, scientists, and designers to the Central Committee on preparations for two test flights of the Vostok-A prototype before human space mission on Vostok-3A variant

May 22, 1959

Decree of the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers on Vostok

Decree of the Central Committee and Council of Ministers officially titled “On the Object Vostok,” approving the development of the Vostok reconnaissance satellite.

September 16, 1958

Letter, Sergei Korolev to Comrade K.N. Rudnev

Proposal from Sergei Korolev submitted to the State Committee for Defense Technology to develop a spy satellite with a cosmonaut on board.

October 5, 1957

Pravda Newspaper Article, 'Announcement of the First Satellite'

Announcement of the launch of the first artificial "sputnik" satellite by the Soviet Union.

September 26, 1957

Council of Ministers Decree, 'On the Launch of an Artificial Satellite of the Earth'

Approving the launch of the first Soviet satellite.

September 26, 1957

Decree of the CPSU Central Committee Presidium, 'On the Launch of an Artificial Satellite of the Earth'

Presidium (Politburo) decree approving launch of satellite

September 24, 1957

Note of V. M. Riabikov, K. N. Rudnev, and Others to the CPSU Central Committee About the Work to Launch Artificial Earth Satellites

On preparations to launch first Soviet satellite

February 15, 1957

CPSU Central Committee Presidium Decree, 'On Measures Connected with Carrying out the International Geophysical Year'

Presidium (Politburo) decree approving request to launch a simpler satellite at the beginning of the International Geophysical Yea