TIL that in 1967 the Soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov died in an accident on the Soyuz 1 mission, making him the first human to die in a space flight. Komarov was aware of the faulty design of the shuttle and specifically asked the authorities to give him an open casket funeral after the mission.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Komarov?pissant#Soyuz_1

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  1. He also saved his good friend/national treasure Yuri Gagarin from dying in the accident, because if he refused, Gagarin would have been sent in his place.

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