Fifty five years ago Today, the First Photographer went to Space

We are used to seeing photographs of Space on our social media feeds. Popularised this decade by Chris Hadfield and emulated by many more it’s hard to conceive a time existed before astronomer photography. So who was the first photographer in Space?

It was this man, Gherman Titov of Russia:

Gherman Titov practising on Earth with a Konvas movie camera. (Photo: FotoSoyuz)

Titov was aboard Vostok 2 when it took off to journey beyond our atmosphere and make 17 orbits of Earth on the 6th August 1961. The mission, mostly forgotten to the pages of history was considerable in many ways. Although photographs had been taken in orbit before, Titov was the first to use a camera manually while in Space, giving him the impressive title of first extra-terrestrial photographer.

A few of his photographs were included in a Russian exhibition celebrating 50 years of Space photographs back in 2011.

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The Surface of the Earth from Space. Photo GS Titov. The spacecraft “Vostok-2”. Movie Camera “konvas”, 1961.
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View of the horizon to the ship-satellite out of the shadow of the Earth. Photo Gherman Titov in the case of records of space flight.
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The picture through the optical tracker. Photo Gherman Titov in the case of records of space flight.

Being the first man to take photographs in Space isn’t the only accolade Titov has to his name. He’s also notoriously the first human to experience space sickness and consequently vomit outside of our atmosphere.

We can add to this and somewhat more impressively he was, and remains to this day, the youngest person to ever fly to Space.



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