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Gherman Titov
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Astronaut
    (September 11, 1935-September 20, 2000)
    Born in Verkhnie Zhilino, Russian Federation
    Pilot of Vostok 2 (August 6-7, 1961)
    Second person to orbit the earth
    As of 2008, youngest person in space (One month short of his 26th birthday)
    Elected to the Russian parliament to represent the city of Kolommna (1995)
    Wrote 'A Million Miles in Orbit' (1961), 'I Am Eagle' (1962), 'My Blue Planet' (1977) and 'On Starry and Earthly Orbits' (1987)
    He was almost cut from the cosmonaut program for rebelling against answering 'silly questions' during psychological testing.
    He was the first astronaut to suffer motion sickness in space.
    He told reporters that his wife was ticked off at him because he did not ask her permission before going into space.
    Reports of his death conflicted over whether he died from a heart attack or from carbon monoxide poisoning.
    He reportedly lost out as first man in space because Nikita Khruschev intervened to give the honor to a fellow farmer's son, Yuri Gagarin.
    He was the first astronaut to eat, sleep and use the toilet in space, leading Soviet space officials to say, 'If Gagarin was the first to have flown in space, Titov was the first to have lived there.'
    For much of the 60s, he was the cosmonaut best known to the West, since the Soviets restricted access to Gagarin.
    During a tour of America, he met John F. Kennedy and John Glenn (1962).
    A crater on the far side of the moon was named for him.

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