Wonderful article by thesciencegeek.org about the history of Soyuz space ship.
On 23 April 1967, six years after Yuri Gagarin had became the first man to go into space, a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft was launched carrying cosmonaut Vladimir Komorov. It completed 18 orbits and then returned to Earth.
Mission patch for the first Soyuz mission
Sadly, during its reentry the parachute failed to open properly and the spacecraft was destroyed when it hit the Earth at high speed and burst into flames – killing Komorov and giving him the unfortunate distinction of being the first person to die in space flight.
Despite this initial setback, the Soyuz spacecraft was successfully flown back into space the following year, when cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy, a decorated World War 2 hero, completed 81 orbits and landed safely.
A Soviet 10 kopek stamp showing Georgy Beregovoy. The Soyuz rocket is in the background – image from Wikimedia commons
Since Beregovoy’s mission, Soyuz has been launched into space a further 131 times…
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