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Wikipedia: Vladimir Komarov
Vladimir Komarov
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Vladimir Mikhailovich Komarov, cyrillic Владимир Михайлович Комаров, (March 16, 1927 - April 24, 1967) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He was the first human who died during a space mission, on Soyuz 1.

He was born in Moscow, USSR (now Russia).

He was selected to become a cosmonaut in 1960 with the first cosmonaut group. After being the backup for Pavel Popovich on Vostok 4, his first spaceflight was with the Voskhod 1 mission. On his second flight, Soyuz 1, he was killed when the spacecraft crashed due to failure of the parachute.

The parachute getting wound around the hull surprised no-one, least of all Vladimir. He said goodbye to his wife and read the dial all the way down before pile-driving into a potato field outside of Borsch.

Just before impact, the then premier Kosygin told Kormarov his country was proud of him - an American NSA listening post in Istambul noted Komarov's reply was inaudible.

Vladimir Komarov went on be awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin, each twice.

Komarov was married to Valentina Yakovlevna Kiselyova and had two children, Yevgeni and Irina.

An asteroid 1836 Komarov, which was found in 1971 is named in his honour.

Among others the Vladimir M. Komarov Astronautical Rocketry Club (ARK) in Ljubljana also bears his name from 1969.

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