Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Dark Side of the Moon

On April 23rd 1967 Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov launched into space aboard the ill-fated Soyuz -1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Vladimir Komarov

The mission was doomed before lift-off but put into motion anyway to appease the leader of Russia, Leonid Brezhnev. Vladimir Komarov went ahead with the doomed flight knowing full well that death awaited him and the knowledge that if he refused, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin would likely have to go in his place.

The capsule hit the ground at roughly 90mph dragging a partly deployed chute.
Read the full story HERE.

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