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3D postcard showing the Soyuz I spacecraft.
Soyuz I was a manned spaceflight in 1967 carrying astronaut Vladimir Komarov. The flight was plagued with technical issues, and Komarov was killed when the descent module crashed into the ground due to a parachute failure. This was the first in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight.
Yuri Gagarin was the backup pilot for Soyuz 1, and was aware of the design problems and the pressures from the Politburo to proceed with the flight. He attempted to “bump” Komarov from the mission, knowing that the Soviet leadership would not risk a national hero on the flight. At the same time, Komarov refused to pass on the mission, even though he believed it to be doomed. He explained that he could not risk Gagarin’s life.
The remains of Vladimir Komarov.
Vladimir Komarov in more happier times. In the background there is Yuri Gagarin.
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This is a old 3D postcard showing Cosmonauts Alley in Moscow. Cosmonauts Alley is a wide avenue in northern Moscow leading to the Russian Museum of Cosmonautics and the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Many Soviet hero’s of the Soviet space program can be found here, such as Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkove, the first man and woman in space.
At the end of Cosmonaut Alley there is the Museum of Cosmonautics wich is located at the base of the absolutly enormous Monument Of The Conquerors Of Space. This monument was placed in 1964. It depicts a starting rocket that rises on its exhaust plume. The monument is 107 meters (351 feet) tall and is made of titanium.
Monument Of The Conquerors Of Space