Vladimir Komarov was a cosmonaut who was born on March 16, 1927, in Moscow.
Komarov became a cosmonaut in 1960. He was the first person to die on a
spaceflight. He was killed on April 24, 1967 during a return to Earth. His
guidance system failed and he was forced to use a ballistic re-entry (like a
speeding bullet). The craft crashed into the Orenburg steppe in Russia at
several hundred miles per hour, then burst into flame.
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