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Description: YURI GAGARIN
(1934 - 1968) Russian cosmonaut, the first man in space who died tragically in a routine training flight. A.L.S. signed twice 1p. 4to., Feb. 19, 1963, to NIKOLAI KAMANIN(1908-1982), Hero of the Soviet Union and head of the first space training program who endorses the letter at top. In part: "...I'm asking your permission to reduce the numbers of night parachute jumps for V.[aleri] Bykovsky...". Kaminin approves at top in red grease pencil: "Cancel Kamanin 20/02.63". Valeri Bykovsky was the first Jewish cosmonaut in space and the fifth in the Vostok program. Bottom margin a bit rough, otherwise boldly penned and in fine condition.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

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