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Mankind's way to the stars had its unsung heroes. One of them was Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. His space flight on Soyuz 1 made him the first Soviet cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to die on a space mission—the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on 24 April. He was killed when it happened. , 1967, due to failure of the parachute.

 

However, because he died when the capsule fell into the ground, he is not considered the first human death in outer space. The charred remains of Komarov are being seen by Soviet authorities during the funeral of his uncovered coffin in the photo above. Only a chipped heel bone survived the accident.

 

All this predicted tragedy began with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union, and the government sought something bigger than the space program. Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev decided to stage a spectacular mid-space rendezvous between two Soviet spacecraft.