When a human falls from space. This is a picture of the remains of Vladimir Komarov, a close personal friend of first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Komarov was al

When a human falls from space

When a human falls from space. This is a picture of the remains of Vladimir Komarov, a close personal friend of first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Komarov was al

This is a picture of the remains of Vladimir Komarov, a close personal friend of first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Komarov was also a cosmonaut, and was selected to fly the Soyuz 1 mission, which was intended to reach the moon. Before launch, Gagarin inspected the craft, and found no less than 203 structural problems with the craft. Even still, Soviet command would not call off the launch, and Komarov would not back out of the mission, because that would mean Gagarin would replace him, and he did not want his friend to die.

As soon as Soyuz 1 launched, everything went wrong. The automatic stabilizers failed, the manuals ones only partially worked, the orientation instruments froze, and the solar panels didn't work. The mission was aborted, and Komarov was ordered to return to Earth. However, his parachutes tangled, and he fell virtually unimpeded, the capsule striking the ground at 89 mph.

During the entire descent, US listening posts recorded the transmissions between Komarov and ground control. They reported hearing Komarov crying in rage as he hurtled to Earth, cursing the engineers and Soviet commanders who killed him.

You can hear the recording here:

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User avatar #1 - legiah (10/30/2013) [-]
Good description - Thank you.
User avatar #12 - puremadmentalged (10/30/2013) [-]
Call Bugs Bunny, because his parachutes were caught in a...
Space Jam.
User avatar #17 to #12 - musclezglassez (10/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #118 to #12 - revengeforfreeze (10/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #117 to #12 - jaggedherp (10/30/2013) [-]
Normally it's a mix of different songs that are mixed with space jam. Right now it's thriller/space jam
#170 to #117 - whargarbler (10/31/2013) [-]
This is the greatest website I've ever been exposed to.
#215 to #117 - tommygeezus (10/31/2013) [-]
I knew the background of that site looked familiar
#173 - trollypollyz (10/31/2013) [-]
And to this day he still haunts earths atmosphere, not as a ghost but as a god. He hurls meteors towards Russia, like this one.
#176 to #173 - anon (10/31/2013) [-]
You deserve an award.
#135 - Viacom (10/31/2013) [-]
"Komarov was also a cosmonaut..."   
I read that as "Komarov was also a coconut."
"Komarov was also a cosmonaut..."

I read that as "Komarov was also a coconut."
#54 - hueman (10/30/2013) [-]
I find it both amazing and disgusting about how the Soviets can willingly send this man to his death without any second thoughts about it.
Essentially, Soyuz I was nothing more that a manned meat can launched into space.
Vladimir Komarov is a true man. Even though he knows he's going to die, he goes anyway to spare his best friend.
TL;DR, Vladimir Kamorov has balls of hyperiamond for opting into Space Boyardee. May he rest in peace in the country he served above and beyond the call of duty for.
#75 to #54 - ctenop (10/30/2013) [-]
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User avatar #168 to #54 - jukuku (10/31/2013) [-]
Challenger Disaster Live on CNN

The US condemned crew to death as well. They launched the shuttle Challenger in conditions that the O-rings in the shuttle could not function in. The bare minimum launch temperature for the shuttle was 53 degrees Fahrenheit anything lower and they cannot expand rapidly enough to seal off the engine properly. The flight engineer told them the night before during a meeting that they are sending them to their death and he said that the launch would absolutely kill those men. They launched anyway because of previous delays. This is why bureaucrats shouldn't be in charge of launches, they're too ******* stupid to understand the actual risks of it and they don't give a **** about the lives.
User avatar #216 to #168 - guymandude (10/31/2013) [-]
Funny thing is just how stupid the higher-ups' arguments were for not postponing that launch.

After being presented with the test data that showed the range of temperatures that the O-rings could operate in, they basically said "well, can you show us any tests showing us that it specifically won't work at this temperature?"
#188 to #168 - articulate (10/31/2013) [-]
I was going to watch that video, but apparently 144p is too much for me so it isn't loading.
#102 to #54 - articulate (10/30/2013) [-]
"Space Boyardee"
"Space Boyardee"
#104 to #54 - adirtysmuggler (10/30/2013) [-]
>Space Boyardee
#147 - suikadon (10/31/2013) [-]
Komarov has been recovered. The Lazarus project will proceed as planned.
#192 to #147 - fcrocker ONLINE (10/31/2013) [-]
User avatar #209 to #147 - shannonrw (10/31/2013) [-]
my day is significantly better having read this comment. thanks.
#157 - ridivey ONLINE (10/31/2013) [-]
I guess he didnt understand the gravity of the situation
I guess he didnt understand the gravity of the situation
#55 - iseewhatididthere (10/30/2013) [-]
A brave man indeed. All of my respects
A brave man indeed. All of my respects
User avatar #56 to #55 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
He was a soviet...
#61 to #56 - murpmurp ONLINE (10/30/2013) [-]
he can still have respect...
#119 to #61 - Semihazard (10/30/2013) [-]
But that's a US Naval Academy uniform, I can't even...
User avatar #64 to #61 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
But still, he was one of the "bad guys, I don't think he deserves all of this man's respect just a lot
#96 to #64 - zerith (10/30/2013) [-]
And we were their "bad guys". Don't be stupid.
#136 to #96 - mechaemperor (10/31/2013) [-]
gaise, hey, gaise, I played call of doody
User avatar #107 to #64 - fpsnoob (10/30/2013) [-]
What are you? ******* 8 years old? Do you not have any understanding of how conflicts between countries work? Everyone that is against your country is portrayed as a "bad guy", but it doesn't mean that they were actually bad. They were just in a country opposing yours.
User avatar #218 to #64 - guymandude (10/31/2013) [-]
***** u stupid

User avatar #83 to #56 - xoyv (10/30/2013) [-]
so, you think that JUST because this man was born and lived in russia during the cold war, that he doesn't deserve anything for DYING a unique way?
User avatar #84 to #83 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
I dont think he didn't deserve any respect just that he was a soviet and that he helped them advance against the Americans and that was bad
User avatar #86 to #84 - xoyv (10/30/2013) [-]
but the thing is, no matter who got to the moon first, it showed everyone that it was posible to do something no one had thought of
User avatar #87 to #86 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
They were trying to make ******* nukes
User avatar #89 to #87 - xoyv (10/30/2013) [-]
and so were we
User avatar #90 to #89 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
Yeah, but we were doing it because those assholes were trying to take over Europe
#94 to #90 - Pedosnake (10/30/2013) [-]
Goddamn you are dumb like holy **** .
User avatar #92 to #90 - xoyv (10/30/2013) [-]
infact, russia started making nuclear weapons BECAUSE we were planning on making them

also, the man who died in the picture above was a COSMONAUT

nothing to do with nuclear weapons
User avatar #93 to #92 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
Okay, you got me
#100 to #93 - deviousdanish (10/30/2013) [-]
Accidentally put this in response to xoyv, sorry about that, man.
Accidentally put this in response to xoyv, sorry about that, man.
User avatar #101 to #100 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
it's okay
User avatar #103 to #101 - deviousdanish (10/30/2013) [-]
Was talking to xoyv, not you. I mentioned him in the comment, meaning that he saw it. Please defer to Pedosnake's comment.
User avatar #97 to #93 - xoyv (10/30/2013) [-]
you got to realize that jsut because someone came from somewhere, don't mean that what they do isn't any less bad or good
#105 to #97 - bananamann (10/30/2013) [-]
Guys, I think he meant that he's tough as **** BECAUSE he's a Soviet...
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User avatar #219 to #84 - guymandude (10/31/2013) [-]
You gon learn t'day

acting like there were any absolute clear cut bad guys in the Cold War implies that you stopped all Social Studies education in 4th grade. Or that you are currently in 4th grade
User avatar #112 to #56 - jewishcommunazi ONLINE (10/30/2013) [-]
"How dare people to be born in a different place from mine?"
User avatar #122 to #56 - Semihazard (10/30/2013) [-]
All humans are brothers and sisters. I don't care what flag you go under, or who your daddy is.
User avatar #58 to #56 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #62 to #58 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
The soviets were the bad guys and he was one of them, I dont think he deserves ALL of his respect just a lot for what he did
#113 to #62 - regularmexican (10/30/2013) [-]
He didnt die a soviet if he was cursing at the people who made the craft. He died a man because he spared his friend from a horrid death
User avatar #172 to #56 - scrumdiddlyumpshus (10/31/2013) [-]
Welp, you really McF*cked up now, didn't you?

Acting like your country is the only country that matters and that everyone else is the, stupidly stated, "bad guys", and that your country is the "good guys". Seriously, how ignorant are you? There are different points of view for different people, in case you didn't know. The world doesn't revolve around you. You're like a 10 year old trying too hard to sound smart and mature.
User avatar #152 to #56 - folkflunky (10/31/2013) [-]
I was born in 1990, before the Soviet Union separation, so I'm basically a soviet, then I have the biggest right to tell you this: Shut up you stupid little **** .
#166 to #56 - marlton (10/31/2013) [-]
Пошел на хуй. сука
User avatar #57 to #56 - bugsbob ONLINE (10/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #60 to #57 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
well ****
User avatar #59 to #57 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
The soviets were the bad guys and he was one of them, I dont think he deserves ALL of his respect just a lot for what he did
User avatar #65 to #59 - bugsbob ONLINE (10/30/2013) [-]
Not all people in a country are bad. Most of the soviets probably did what they did because they knew that if they didn't they, their families, and everyone near them would be sent to die in some work camp in Siberia.
User avatar #68 to #65 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
I am willing to bet the astronauts were voluntary
User avatar #63 to #59 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
if they had of won then whoever lost would have been the bad guys.
History is written by the victor.
User avatar #66 to #63 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
Not necessarily true, we didn't beat them their system of government was overthrown by their own citizens, sooooo...
User avatar #67 to #66 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
whatever you say,your point was still invalid
User avatar #69 to #67 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
No it wasn't yours was, and unless you can provide evidence stating the contrary then you sir are not correct either
User avatar #71 to #69 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
get off your own dick,just because he was part of a differant system of government doesnt mean he cant be respected
User avatar #74 to #71 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
"But still, he was one of the "bad guys, I don't think he deserves all of this man's respect just a lot" a quote from me on this thread
User avatar #77 to #74 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
more or less when you saw red thumbs coming and tried to save yourself,farewell
User avatar #79 to #77 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
That was my honest opinion on the matter, he was in fact a citizen of the soviet union, the enemies of my country during the cold war and I don't think this man deserves all of my respect because of that but I do think that he still deserves a lot of respect for helping his friend like that and sacrificing himself for his friend. You are making a lot of accusations without any evidence still and quite frankly you are being impolite about this whole argument.
User avatar #81 to #79 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
Thats cool,but you called me an asshole,which is impolite whether i started it or not..
User avatar #82 to #81 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
I called you an asshole because you were the first one to be impolite and I was aggravated and insulted you for being impolite first
#106 to #82 - batwill **User deleted account** (10/30/2013) [-]
Psst, red thumbs mean stop posting.
#116 to #82 - lolfire (10/30/2013) [-]
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#133 to #74 - twentyten (10/30/2013) [-]
Just because we (I assume you're an American as am I) say the soviets are the "bad guys" doesn't make it true. And you don't (dis)respect a man for where he came from, but for who he is and what he does.
User avatar #72 to #71 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
That's not at all what I said, asshole
User avatar #73 to #72 - skarrer (10/30/2013) [-]
its what you heavily implied
User avatar #76 to #73 - lacklusterpelican (10/30/2013) [-]
#74 i responded to the wrong comment, sorry
#4 - waffies (10/30/2013) [-]

In all serious thats interesting and terrifying
User avatar #3 - vpngtn (10/30/2013) [-]
Exceptionally eerie, listening to someone's last words...
#31 - marlton (10/30/2013) [-]
#7 - mummyslittlebitch (10/30/2013) [-]
The Soviets were definitely the most reckless, trial-and-error ************* on the planet. They just didn't give a **** about the engineering quality of anything they put their minds to, to the point of being willfully negligent. **** makes me mad. Good thing at least they were even too stupid to keep their rusted, corrupt system afloat.
User avatar #13 to #7 - sabotagesam (10/30/2013) [-]
it was the system that caused this kind of drill, not the other way around. russians are like any other people on the planet. ethnocentrism sucks.
#194 to #13 - mummyslittlebitch (10/31/2013) [-]
1. I said Soviets, not Russians.
2. Nothing ethnocentric was implied on anyone's part
3. I have no clue what your first sentence is saying
#154 to #7 - helpthepeople (10/31/2013) [-]
Dude, not like america was any better on that front, they killed three astronauts in a fire that happened inside the cockpit
User avatar #210 to #154 - defender (10/31/2013) [-]
Apollo 1 was a tragic accident Soyuz 1 was a blatant disregard for human life
#174 to #7 - anon (10/31/2013) [-]
>implying America was any better
>implying there was a "good" side in the cold war
>implying that incidentally the country in which you were born was the good side, how lucky
#193 to #174 - mummyslittlebitch (10/31/2013) [-]
>inferring a bunch of **** that wasn't implied
#16 to #7 - PlagueDoctor (10/30/2013) [-]
Well, a US astronaut died the same year from technical failure in his craft.
Your argument is very invalid
#32 to #16 - somekindofname (10/30/2013) [-]
What was the technical failure, and who died? How many other technical failures where there on the craft and how much money was poured into the project?
I mean, the Soviets didn't even care. They knew about the failures and knew that this WOULD go wrong. So unless you can say that the americans didn't care, I'd say his point still stands.
Or is it that one accident happened in America and is it comparable (at all) to the utter neglect and disregard of human life that the madmen in the Soviet Union pushed forward with?
I know it sounds pissy, but it's not meant like that.
User avatar #44 to #32 - thelastamerican (10/30/2013) [-]
You gon learn today.

So it's the first Apollo mission. The capsule is pressurized with a pure oxygen atmosphere and a couple contacts behind one of the check switches are too close together producing a spark. In the oxygen atmosphere the spark ignites the space suites, the seats and just about anything else that could possibly burn. The heat from the fire screwed up the door, so the engineers couldn't get the door open to get the three guys out and they all burned to death. The problem was fixed before the next flight.
Coincidentally, this was an exact replica of another problem that had arisen on a Russian rocket. Unfortunately the Russians and Americans weren't on speaking terms at the time, so a completely avoidable problem persisted just long enough to kill three more people.
#45 to #44 - somekindofname (10/30/2013) [-]
Yeah, cold war is some **** when we look back at it.
User avatar #33 to #32 - PlagueDoctor (10/30/2013) [-]
Oh no, he is absolutely correct! The USSR had very little value for a human life, no doubt about it.. It only grinds my gears sometimes how it's ONLY the Soviets who had scientific disasters and ONLY the Soviets did bad things to their own people etc, ya dig?
User avatar #36 to #32 - erpee (10/30/2013) [-]
Also, the Soviets were very forward minded when it came it human rights during and after World War 2, way more so than America.
User avatar #35 to #32 - erpee (10/30/2013) [-]
Here ya go, the accident also killed the first American to perform a spacewalk, Ed White.
#39 to #35 - somekindofname (10/30/2013) [-]
Thanks man. Reading the article it seems like the americans atleast did what they could to prevent such accidents so I'd say the point of OP(threadstarter) still stands, seeing as he was talking about the disregard the Soviets had for human life.
Reading the article it seems more like an accident than utter neglect and denial of ever doing something wrong.
User avatar #40 to #39 - erpee (10/30/2013) [-]
Again though, Soviets were very forward minded with human rights in the World War 2 era. I would say that the pressures of the Space Race and the Cold War are more to blame than Soviet culture.
#42 to #40 - somekindofname (10/30/2013) [-]
I'll agree with you on that one. Honour and glory can rapidly become an ugly, national focus.
User avatar #169 to #32 - jukuku (10/31/2013) [-]
Look up the Challenger launch, they knew the massive risk of launching in that temperature and they did it anyway.
User avatar #131 to #16 - allamericandude (10/30/2013) [-]
The difference is that the Apollo 1 astronauts didn't think they were going to die. It was an accident. The Russian cosmonauts KNEW that the spacecraft was going to fail, yet no one was willing to send the report up the chain of command for fear of getting carted off to Siberia.
User avatar #37 to #16 - erpee (10/30/2013) [-]
*3 astronauts
User avatar #25 to #16 - gotohemp ONLINE (10/30/2013) [-]
one as opposed to several though
User avatar #29 to #7 - roflbacon (10/30/2013) [-]
I hope you realize that Apollo 1 was a gamble and the US wasn't sure it would even make it to the moon.
User avatar #91 to #29 - silvermarsh (10/30/2013) [-]
Apollo 1 killed three people in a fire.
User avatar #175 to #91 - deathchain (10/31/2013) [-]
I think he might've meant to type "11" but messed up.
#213 - ajweston (10/31/2013) [-]
Wow I have a lot in common with the soviets.
#98 - selayna (10/30/2013) [-]
**selayna rolled a random image posted in comment #116 at Fuckscape ** I WAS EATING FRIED CHICKEN YOU ASS!
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#182 - icametocomment (10/31/2013) [-]
All hail the bravest Soviet to ever slug vodka.
#220 - wontforget ONLINE (10/31/2013) [-]
too soon?
too soon?
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