The First And Only Human Deaths In Space Were The Crew Of The?
Answer: Soyuz 11
Since the start of the space race in the mid-20th century, there have been more than a few space flight-related fatalities. The nature of the fatalities over the previous decades starkly highlight the riskiest element of space travel: going to space and returning. Nearly every astronaut death has occurred either on the launch pad (as with Apollo 1 in 1967), during ascent (as with the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986), or during re-entry (as with the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003). Much like terrestrial flight, the vast majority of space travel-related accidents occur during the lift off and touch down phases of the trip.
The single exception to this pattern is the sole instance of a crew dying in actual space, as opposed to in Earth’s atmosphere: the crew of the Soviet space mission Soyuz 11. In 1971, the crew—comprised of Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev—was killed when an erroneously opened valve depressurized the crew capsule during preparations for re-entry. The men asphyxiated almost immediately and were already dead upon re-entry.
The tragedy led to an extensive redesign of the Soyuz spacecraft so that cosmonauts aboard the vessel could wear pressurized suits in order to avoid any future tragedies caused by a loss of cabin pressure.
More Trivia Questions
It Wasn’t Until The 1840s You Could Buy Which Of These Foods In Solid Form?
Homeowners Are Encouraged To Keep Their Hot Water Tank’s Temperature Set Higher To Prevent?
What Is The Most Expensive Piece of Sci-Fi Memorabilia Sold At Auction?
Which Country Has The Largest Tiger Population?
Many Medieval Manuscripts Inexplicably Feature Illuminations Of Knights Fighting?
Cans Of Diet Soda Float And Regular Soda Sink Because Of Differences In?
Who Is The Only Person To Have Played Themselves In The Star Trek Universe?
Sunsets Over The Ocean Will Rarely, But Curiously, Produce A Flash Of?
The First Identified Vitamin Was?