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Wednesday, June 30, 1971. :   A Russian space mission ends in tragedy when three cosmonauts are found dead in their space capsule, despite a perfect landing.

     Russia initially led the "space race", launching the first man and woman into space, although they did not achieve the first moon landing. The Soyuz space craft was, and is, a series of spacecraft designed by Sergey Korolyov for the Soviet Union's space program. The Soyuz succeeded the Voskhod spacecraft design and were originally built as part of the Luna program. They were later used to carry cosmonauts to and from the Salyut and Mir space stations and are now used for transport to and from the International Space Station.

On 30 June 1971, three Russian cosmonauts were found dead in their space capsule, the Soyuz 11, after it made what appeared to be a perfect landing in Kazakhstan. The cosmonauts, Lieutenant-Colonel Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkoy and Viktor Patsayev, had been conducting scientific experiments and observations after docking with the Soviet space station, Salyut 1. An ensuing inquiry found that the men had suffered a fatal rise in their blood pressure, which occurred when the cabin became depressurised after re-entry. The accident resulted in a complete redesign that led to the 7K-T. It deleted one crew space so that all cosmonauts could wear spacesuits during launch and reentry.

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Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters, and be eager to show respect for one another.
Romans 12:10 (c) GNB
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