[FPSPACE] Early usage in Luna 3 names
lissov-i at yandex.ru
Sun Oct 10 02:32:49 EDT 2004
> 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...
The word astronaut (in Russian spelling, astronavt) still was in
official use in the fall of 1960 according to published documents.
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