Soyuz 11 spaceship on launch pad

Soyuz 11 spaceship on launch pad

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Caption: Soyuz 11 Soviet spaceship on the launch pad. Soyuz 11 was launched on June 6 1971. It was crewed by Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev and Vladislav Volkov. The crew spent 23 days onboard Salyut 1 space station. On re-entry there was a leak in the descent module. When it landed the crew were found asphyxiated due to the loss of pressure and air from the module. Following from this, Soyuz crew was reduced to two so that there was room for them to wear space suits on take-off and landing. Photographed at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on 1st June 1971.

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