Vladislav Volkov was a cosmonaut who was born on November 23, 1935, in
Volkov became a cosmonaut in 1966. He spent over 29 days in
space on two spaceflights.
In 1969, Volkov flew aboard Soyuz 7. This was one of three Soyuz spacecraft in
orbit at the same time.
Volkov made his second spaceflight aboard Soyuz 11 in 1971. The crew travelled
to the Salyut 1 space station. They activated the station and tested some of
the equipment. Tragically, the crew was killed during re-entry to Earth's
atmosphere. An air valve opened prematurely and the crew suffocated.
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