This mission marked the second human
. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and landing 70 km
southeast of Engels (5 - 10 km north of Krasny Kut).
Unlike to Yuri
took over with manual control of the spacecraft, but
only for a while. Looking through the porthole of the capsule, he made a video
movie 10 minutes long. German
was able to sleep a few hours during the spaceflight,
although he went through some inconveniencies such as an unknown space sickness
and problems with a malfunctioning heater.
A camera aboard the
spacecraft transmitted smiling pictures of German
to the ground as he passed over Soviet territory on the
fifth orbit. German
settled down to sleep during the seventh orbit; he
awoke over eight hours later, 37 minutes after the scheduled end of his sleep
period. Sleep did not relieve German
's serious discomfort; he still felt very ill after
awaking. After 12 orbits German
suddenly began to recover, and became "completely
functional and fully fit".
The reentry module failed to separate
smoothly from its service module, but after several connecting pieces burned
down during reentry, the capsule recovered a stable attitude. As planned,
left the capsule with a catapult seat.
today is German
the ever-youngest human in space during his