drawn the short straw on one of Khrushcev's vanity missions Cosmonaut
Vladimir Komarov confessed to a bad feeling in his water prior to
blast off into space, september 1967.
enough, 5 hours into the flight his capsule devoloped a nasty barrel-roll.
Unable to correct the roll, re-entry was attempted.
parachute getting wound around the hull surprised no-one, least of
all Vladimir. Free falling through the atmosphere 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, then premier Kosygin told Kormarov his country was
proud of him - an American NSA listening post in Istambul noted Komarov's
reply was inaudible.
landing was officially reported a success with Vladimir Kormarov's
unfortunate death the result of a 'failure of the heart muscle'.
Komarov went on be awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order
of Lenin, each twice by two seperate administrations.