On This Day: June 6th

June 6th 1971 was the date Soyuz 11 launched,  Soyuz 11 was the only manned mission to board the world’s first space station, Salyut 1. The mission arrived at the space station on 7 June 1971 and departed on 30 June. The mission ended in disaster when the crew capsule depressurised during preparations for reentry, killing the three-man crew. The Soyuz 11 crew members were Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev. The three crew members are the only humans to have died in space.

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