Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage' (NPR)

The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes — though no one knows this — won't work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, "cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship." ...

"Starman" [by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony] tells the story of a friendship between two cosmonauts, Vladimir Kamarov and Soviet hero Yuri Gagarin, the first human to reach outer space. The two men were close; they socialized, hunted and drank together.

In 1967, both men were assigned to the same Earth-orbiting mission, and both knew the space capsule was not safe to fly. Komarov told friends he knew he would probably die. But he wouldn't back out because he didn't want Gagarin to die. Gagarin would have been his replacement.
If this book isn't already optioned, I'll eat my shoe. And then, with my mouth full, I'll thank you very much for the finder's fee - cash or check are both fine with me.

Read the full article here.

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