Komarov
April 23, 2013
Categories: History, Russia, Soyuz

April 23, 1967 – Soyuz-1 spacecraft was launched into orbit. Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Komarov was a test pilot.

Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov was born in Moscow on March 16, 1927, where he grew up along with his sister Matilde. At the age of fifteen in 1942, Komarov entered the “1st Moscow Special Air Force School” to pursue his dream of becoming an aviator.

In September 1959, Komarov was promoted to engineer-captain and invited to participate in the selection process for cosmonaut candidate along with approximately 3,000 other pilots. He was one of only 20 candidates selected for “Air Force Group One”.

Unfortunately Vladimir Komarov didn’t enter the group of six, trained for the first ever mission to space. And nevertheless he became the first. He was the first to test Voskhod-1 spacecraft in October 1964.

And in 1966 Komarov was assigned to the Soviet  Soyuz program along with Yuri Gagarin and Alexey Leonov. Vladimir was selected to command the Soyuz-1, in 1967, with Gagarin as his backup cosmonaut. And on April 23 Soyuz-1 was launched into orbit. After completion of variuos checks ant tests he successfully re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on his 19th orbit, but the module’s drogue and main braking parachute failed to deploy correctly and the module crashed into the ground, killing Komarov.

On April 26, 1967, Komarov was given a state funeral in Moscow, and his ashes were interred in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis at Red Square. After this flight Vladimir Komarov was posthumously awarded his second Order of Lenin and also the Order of Hero of the Soviet Union.

More from this category:
1008543883
June 22, 2015

Kazakh astronaut Aidyn Aimbetov was included in ISS mission crew, Roscosmos official representative Igor Burenkov said. “That’s right, Roscosmos has chosen Kazcosmos cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov…

full story
Voevoda
June 24, 2013

According to RIA Novosti, Russia can use Soviet-era SS-18 Satan heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles to destroy celestial bodies posing a threat to Earth, a Russian…

full story
uqWp-5dCL6c
December 3, 2014

At Baikonur spaceport specialists go on preparing Proton-M booster with Briz-M upper stage and Russian Yamal-401 telecommunication satellite for the launch from Baikonur. On December…

full story
0tuhFmMUzWM
February 18, 2015

On February 17, 2015 at 19.57, Moscow time Progress M-26M cargo vehicle successfully docked with Zvezda service module of Russian ISS segment. Operations on automated…

full story
Go-AzIgyr8k
November 24, 2014

On Monday Proton-M booster with Astra 2G space device was installed  on the launching pad of Baikonur spaceport, – Khrunichev Centre representative Alexander Shmygov reported….

full story
qtdeQhyHO5w
August 20, 2014

According to the working schedule of Guiana Space Centre today is the last preparation day before the launch of Soyuz-ST-B booster with Fregat-MT upper stage…

full story
ProgrM-23M-launch
April 10, 2014

Soyuz-U booster with Progress M-23M cargo vehicle was launched to the ISS from Baikonur spaceport on April 9 at 19.26 Moscow time, – Roscosmos representative…

full story
K_IFykXOkOc
May 22, 2014

On May 22, GCTC specialists arranged for Soyuz TMA-13M main and back-up crew members Maksim Surayev, Anton Shkaplerov ( Roscosmos), Alexander Gerst, Samantha Christoforetti (…

full story