Death in Space: Soyuz 11
On June 30th, 1971, three soviet cosmonauts were returning from what was, at the time, the longest period any humans had spent in space. Their re-entry appeared to be normal, and the Soyuz capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan. But when Soviet workers got the capsule opened, they were shocked to find all three of the cosmonauts dead.
On June 30th, 1971, three soviet cosmonauts were returning from what was, at the time, the longest period any humans had spent in space. Their re-entry appeared to be normal, and the Soyuz capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan, not far from the Soviet spaceport at Baikonur. Outwardly, the capsule appeared undamaged, but there was no response when Soviet workers knocked on the exterior. When they got the capsule opened, they were shocked to find all three of the cosmonauts dead.
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