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Death in space

PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:58 pm
by RickLewis
Very grisly and depressing book review I just spotted online about the death of a Russian cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, in 1967.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/ ... ng-in-rage

If this account is true, Komarov and others knew before the launch that the spacecraft was badly constructed and that the mission was a likely death sentence. However, nobody in the KGB had the balls to tell Brezhnev that the flight should be cancelled. Komarov himself could have refused to fly, but he didn't because he thought that would instead lead to the death of the backup pilot, his friend Yuri Gagarin.

Re: Death in space

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:12 pm
by Darth Kevin
This is old news, apart from the claim from the KGB officer about how nobody in the hierarchy would make a decision to abort the launch. Whether that's true or not, this is a tragic story. If those really are Komarov's remains in that photo, I don't think the photo should have been published. Disrespectful.