He space It can be an extremely scary place, but at the same time it is totally fascinating and it seems that the obsession to leave the earth has not stopped, but, it was in the 60s, at the peak of the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States that this tragic and sad story took place.
Definitely, during the first years of this space race, it was the USSR that had the advantage, with a large number of achievements that until then were completely unthinkable, such as placing the first satellite in orbit and carrying a human being for the first time. into space, but unfortunately not all of their missions were as successful.
The story of Vladimir Komarov, the first man to lose his life on a mission in space
Vladimir Komarov was born in Moscow, Russia on March 16, 1927 and began his career in the military as a pilot, as did most cosmonauts, especially Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go into outer space, a man Komarov loved. admired and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
On April 24, 1967, Komarov would be in charge of crewing the Soyuz 1 ship, which would be part of a risky maneuver that would end the life of the pilot, as there were a large number of failures, such as the malfunctioning of the antennas. and the inadequate amount of fuel.
Despite all this, the ship managed to stay in space and it was in its 18th orbit that a landing was attempted, which ended in catastrophe as the ship became entangled in its main parachute causing it to crash to earth. .
What was Vladimir Komarov’s mission?
The pilot had been selected to carry out one of the most complex missions of the moment, since the initial idea was to carry out the first crew exchange in history, which implied a maneuver full of difficulties and required the coupling of two ships.
The Soyuz 1 should arrive with a perfect calculation to dock with the Soyuz 2, which would allow Komarov to pass to the second ship and the multiple crew members of it to move to the first, unfortunately this was not possible until long after the accident of Komarov.