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Russian Cosmonauts

Duration: 1st April – 30th April 2019
Number of books: 7
Hosted by:Crazy Challenge Connection


RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS
DURATION: APRIL 1 -30, 2019

April 12 is Russian Cosmonaut Day, and in keeping with our interest this year in space exploration, here is a challenge based on some of the notable Cosmonauts that made significant contributions to the field. 

YURI GAGARIN: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin is the most famous cosmonaut of all time. While dogs and satellites had already ventured into space, Gagarin was the first human to do so. On April 12, 1961, the Vostok 1 spacecraft shot up to an altitude of nearly 188 miles. For the next 108 minutes, Gagarin orbited around the Earth traveling at 18,000 miles an hour. 
★ Read a book originally published in the 1960s; tell us the year OR a book whose title begins with Y; disregard A, An and The.

KONSTANTIN FEOKTISTOV: Born in 1926, Konstantin Feoktistov was the first civilian and first non-member of the Soviet Communist Party to travel into space. Voskhod 1, launched on October 12, 1964, was his only flight, but his impact on space technology was far from finished. He went on to lead a Soviet space design bureau and worked on the designs for two space stations, Salyut and Mir. The Feoktistov crater on the far side of the Moon is also named for him. 
★ Read a book with the moon shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with a main character who earns his/her living as a scientist; tell us the career.The Turn by Kim Harrison (Trisk is a geneticist)

SERGEI KRIKALEV: Cosmonaut and mechanical engineer Sergei Krikalev has logged more time in outer space than any other person in history, a total of 803 days, 9 hours and 39 minutes over the course of six separate missions. One such mission saw him on board the Mir space station between May 1991 and March 1992, just as the Soviet Union was breaking up, a circumstance that led many to dub him “the last Citizen of the USSR.” He also has an asteroid named after him.
★ Read a book that is the last (or most recently published) book of a series; tell us the series OR a book with a 6 in its total page count; tell us how many pages.Evolve edited by Nancy Kilpatrick (256 pp.)

ANDRIYAN NIKOLAYEV: Andriyan Nikolayev flew endurance record-setting missions aboard the Vostok 3 (solo) and Soyuz 9 spacecraft. The Vostok 3 spaceflight was launched on August 11, 1962, and lasted almost four days. Nikolayev orbited the Earth 64 times and became the first person to transmit a television broadcast live from space. On June 1, 1970, cosmonaut Vitali Sevastyanov accompanied Nikolayev on the Soyuz 9 mission. With a duration of 17 days and 17 hours, it broke the previous endurance flight record set by NASA’s 1965 Gemini 7 mission. During their time in space, both men conducted experiments, played chess with the on-ground control team, watched a World Cup soccer game, communicated with their families via television links, and even voted. 
★ Read a book in which a board game of some kind is played; tell us the game OR a book that is based on a television series or that spawned a television series; tell us the series.
NOTE: Television only, NOT a movie

VALERI POLYAKOV: Valeri Polyakov holds the record for the most continuous amount of time spent in space. He earned this distinction by logging over 14 consecutive months aboard the Mir space station, from January 1994 until March 1995. Polyakov’s stint aboard the Mir station proved that humans could maintain good physical and mental health during prolonged periods spent beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. His time in space provided us with vital information on how the human body reacts to environments with little to no gravity, findings that could prove useful for eventual manned missions to Mars.
★ Read a book with a human body (head to toe) shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with a main character whose first name begins with a letter in POLYAKOV; tell us the character.Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (Kyra)

GHERMAN TITOV: On August 6, 1961, 25-year-old Gherman Titov became the second man to travel into space, just four months after fellow cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic first mission. What’s more, he still holds the record as the youngest person in space. In total, Titov was amongst the stars for 25 hours and 18 minutes. During his voyage on board the Vostok 2 spacecraft, he ate lunch, took the first space snooze (which proved somewhat difficult in zero gravity because his arms kept flapping about) and recorded the first “out of this world” footage of Earth. 
★ Read a book that takes place in space OR a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in GHERMANTITOV; post a link to the author’s GR pageHigh Stakes by Erin McCarthy

VALENTINA TERESHKOVA: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to explore outer space on June 16, 1963, when she was launched from Russia’s secret station in Baikonur, in central Asia. Aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft, she orbited Earth 49 times, traveling a total of 1,250,000 miles in just under three days. The female cosmonaut program was disbanded in 1969, and Svetlana Savitskaya became only the second woman to travel into space in 1982, almost 20 years after Tereshkova. 
★ Read a book by a new-to-you FEMALE author OR the very first book you added to your GR want-to-read shelf that is still unread (or your own personal TBR list, for those who don’t keep a list on GR)Circe by Madeline Miller

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