The USSR has launched its second cosmonaut into space just four months after Yuri Gagarin made his historic venture.

Major Gherman Titov, aged 25, has amazed the world by spending the whole day in orbit over the Earth aboard his one-person Vostok II spacecraft.

He has been sending messages to every continent saying "I feel splendid."

Sources in Moscow say he is due to land tomorrow morning after completing about 20 orbits around the globe.

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