I implore all of you to read this story published on NPR. It was truly a shocking, unbelievable and heartbreaking story I have read in recent times. This is a story about Soviet space mission in 1967, about friendship of Yuri Gagarin (the very first human to travel in space) and Vladmir Komarov, about how Gagarin tried hard to abort this mission, about how Komarov sacrificed his life and died tragically to save Gagarin’s life and also about the crazy whims of politicians. Incidentally, during an American space mission in the same year, three astronauts died tragically in Apollo spacecraft. These space missions are so dangerous that in 1969, Nixon already had a pre-drafted announcements in case Edwin Aldrin and Neil Armstrong die during moon landing mission.

Komarov's remains

Vladimir Komarov’s remains.

Gagarin (left) with Komarov

Gagarin (left) with Komarov

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