March 20, 2011

"Welcome home, Comrade!"

"Well, THAT'S not good."
In 1967, a Russian named Vladimir Komarov dropped in from outer space and crash-landed into Earth. The above photo shows what was left of him afterwards.

Komarov was a Russian astronaut (or “cosmonaut”). And as his spaceship fell, U.S. listeners could hear him "cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship."

The complete story from Robert Krulwich is fascinating and quite sad. Check it out over at NPR.
Photo by RIA Novosti/Photo Researchers Inc.

1 comment:

  1. And you thought the experience of having an astronaut's job would have been the most nerve-racking job in the world.

    And that's why they rehearse landings onto Planet Earth nowadays.


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