Soviet space capsule sells for $2.9 mn

April 13th, 2011 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, April 13 (IANS) A Soviet space capsule that orbited the Earth 50 years ago sold for about $2.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.

The spherical Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule was sold at an auction dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, Xinhua reported.

The spacecraft with a life-sized human dummy and a dog, named Zvezdochka (”small star” in Russian), made a successful orbit of the Earth in about two hours March 25, 1961, before re-entering the atmosphere.

The mission was the final test before Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight on April 12, 1961.

The buyer of the space capsule was Russian businessman Evgeny Yurchenko who hoped Vostok would “take its rightful place in one of the national museums devoted to the history of the formation of the Russian space programme”.

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