Monday, April 24, 2006

In Memoriam: Vladimir Komarov

Thirty-nine years ago today, April 24, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz I spacecraft crashed on return to Earth. His flight was plagued by problems from the beginning. His death is likely the result of political pressure from Soviet leadership, which pushed for the mission to proceed despite technical problems that plagued the Soyuz spacecraft at the time. (Here.) There's a lesson there.

Take a moment today to remember Komarov's sacrifice.

-tdr

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