Web
Analytics
The news is by your side.

Viktor Gorbatko

One of first Soviet cosmonauts Gorbatko dies

MOSCOW: Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko, a colleague of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, died on Wednesday at the age of 82, Russia's space agency said. Gorbatko was among the eight young pilots chosen in 1960 from 3,000 candidates in the Soviet manned flight programme to train for the country's first space mission. Born in southern Russia, Gorbatko was 26 when he joined the first team of cosmonauts recruited under a veil of total secrecy. "I was called in by my commander who immediately ordered me to sign a…