An experienced cosmonaut’s frightening final remarks can be heard in a tape as he fell to his death during a space mission.

Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov, also known as the “man who fell from space,” died in April 1967 when the Soviet space program’s crewed spacecraft Soyuz 1 crashed.

Because to the Soviet Union’s secrecy, the circumstances surrounding Komarov’s death remain unknown.

His untimely death is discussed in the divisive 2011 book Starman, The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin, which has been regarded as “rife with errors.”

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What we do know is that Komarov’s spacecraft performed multiple orbits about the Earth and fought to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after his mission was accomplished, eventually crashing to the earth and dying in an explosion.

Komarov’s final space flight took place on April 23, 1967, and he orbited the Earth 16 times in 24 hours.

Komarov was unable to fulfill the mission’s end aim because one of the two solar panels that supplied energy for the maneuver failed to deploy. He was ordered to return to Earth, but re-entry would cost him his life.

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Before his final effort, he would make two more journeys around the Earth in an attempt to re-enter. Komarov’s parachute, which was supposed to release when he reached an altitude of 23,000 feet, failed to do so because the chute’s wires became tangled during his re-entry troubles.

On April 24, 1967, Komarov sadly fell to the earth and was murdered in an explosion.

Tragically, Komarov was aware that he was about to die when his final remarks were intercepted by US listening sites in Turkey. As his plane crashed, he was plainly upset, speaking to Alexei Kosygin, a high-ranking Soviet official at the time.

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According to reports, his burnt remains resembled a ‘lump’ with only his heel bone visible.

The audio embedded above is from that scary moment. “This devil ship!” Starman alleges he also exclaimed. Nothing I’ve tried works properly.”

Although analysts are doubtful, one of the last things Komarov told colleagues while reading the official transcript of his final moments from the Russian State Archive was: “I feel excellent, everything’s in order.”

“Thank you for transmitting all of that,” he reportedly added a few moments later. [Separation] took place.”

According to the Starman book, Komarov’s spaceship had ‘203 structural flaws’ that became apparent before the disastrous mission. Yuri Gagarin, Komarov’s backup pilot, allegedly advocated for the mission to be postponed.

Gagarin perished in a plane accident the next year, 1968, and Komarov is today remembered and mourned for being the first known man to die in spaceflight.


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