[FPSPACE] Early usage in Luna 3 names

William C. Keel keel at bildad.astr.ua.edu
Sat Oct 9 22:49:10 EDT 2004

Someone already posted the link to the APOD in honor of the 45th anniversary
of Luna 3. This reminds me of a puzzle I noticed while scanning that stamp.
Among the new feature names shown thereon is the Bay of Astronauts (Zaliv
Avstronavtov). Not Cosmonaunts. Anyone out there able to shed light
on when the term cosmonaut came into use? The first candidate selection
must have been around that time, but of course there were as yet neither
astronauts or cosmonauts...

Bill Keel

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