Vostok 6 - Space launch mission detailed information
Vostok 6 6
16 JUN 1963
Soviet Space Program
Vostok was the last mission of the Vostok program. It was piloted by Valentina Tereshkova. The mission was launched two days after Vostok 5. The mission began on 16 June 1963, 09:29:52 UTC and ended on 19 June 1963, 08:20 UTC.
The Vostok-K was an expendable carrier rocket used by the Soviet Union for thirteen launches between 1960 and 1964, six of which were manned. The Vostok-K made its maiden flight on 22 December 1960, three weeks after the retirement of the Vostok-L. The third stage engine failed 425 seconds after launch, and the payload, a Korabl-Sputnik spacecraft, failed to reach orbit. The spacecraft was recovered after landing, and the two dogs aboard the spacecraft survived the flight. On 12 April 1961, a Vostok-K rocket was used to launch Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight, which made Yuri Gagarin the first human to fly in space.