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Author Topic: In Memoriam, 30 June 1971  (Read 740 times)

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In Memoriam, 30 June 1971
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:00:22 pm »
lit candle imageGeorgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev


The Soviet space mission Soyuz 11 was launched on June 7th, 1971. It carried three cosmonauts to the orbiting Salyut 1 space station; the only crew to successfully use it. After more than three productive weeks in space, the crew manned their Soyuz spacecraft to return to Earth. During the re-entry, a series of explosive bolts fired simultaneously instead of sequentially as had been intended. The resulting extra stress broke open a seal on a critical cabin ventilation valve, and cabin pressure was lost within a matter of seconds. The crew was found dead of asphyxiation after an otherwise normal re-entry. These three cosmonauts are the only men known to have died while actually in space.

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Re: In Memoriam, 30 June 1971
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 06:54:12 am »
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Thank you for posting this, Eric.
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Re: In Memoriam, 30 June 1971
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 03:37:17 am »
"The conquest of space is worth the risk of life"--American astronaut Gus Grissom.

Seconding Randall's thanks for posting. Especially for finding/knowing and including the very apt quote.

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