Soyuz 11: Another Tragedy

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With the failed moon program, a new project grew up: space station. Soviet's astronautics focused on this new way to use space for researching (and often to spy the other countries). The first ever space station, Salyut 1 was launched in 1971. Four days later a crew of three was launched onboard Soyuz 10. Docking failed and the crew returtned to earth two days later. A new mission was planned: Soyuz 11, due to be launched in June and last up to 24 days.
Soyuz 11 crew: Dobrovolsky, Patsayev, Volkov
Soyuz 11 crew onboard Salyut 1

Soyuz 11

On June 6, 1971, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Viktor Patsayev and Vladislav Volkov boarded their Soyuz 11 spacecraft for a 24-day mission to the Salyut 1 space station. On June 29 the Soyuz landed. Recovery teams opened the hatch and found inside a dead crew. Few weeks later it was discovered that a valve opened accidentally during reentry and air escaped from the cabin.
Soyuz 11 after the landing
Recovery teams tried to reanimate the crew
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