IntroductionThroughout space history many deaths have occurred. Here are the top 10 most interesting space deaths and injuries. That’s pretty long. How about we just call it Top 10 Astronaut Fails?
Apollo 1Gus Grissom, Edward White ll,and Roger Chafee
In the Apollo 1 an electrical vault sparked a flash fire and killed all 3 crew members of smoke inhalation. When they were passed out their space suits burned.
Soyuz 1Vladimir Komarov
This rocket had a lot of technical issues. The Solar Panels didn’t unfold and the Vessel experienced stability problems.
Good thing that the X-15 only had 1 person. This death was dumb but sad at the same time. Michael Adam just died during X-15 test flight
Apollo 12Charles Pete, Alan L. Bean
You’d think that it’s a bad idea and just common sense to not send any rockets during a storm, but you thought wrong! In the Apollo 12 the top of shuttle was hit by 2 lightning strikes when taking off, Charles Pete’s head was injured very badly.
Apollo 13Jim Lovelle, Jack Swiggert, Fred Haise
Another death because of the ship this time on they way to the moon the Apollo 13 is cripled because a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.
Soyuz 11Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev, Vladislav Volkov
No one knows what happened on the Soyuz 11 it’s a real scary mystery. After undocking they opened the ship and all 3 astronauts were dead.
Apollo-Soyuz test projectVance D. Brand, Anatoly Filipchenko, Valeri Kubasov
What happened on the Apollo-Soyuz test project was slow but not as painful. You see, the reaction control system that controls altitude caused poisonous nitrogen tetroxide. Which caused the astronauts to develop a form of chemically caused pneumonia, but none died. However, if they didn’t rush the astronauts to the hospital immediately after landing they would’ve.
STS-51-LGreg Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee
The rockets propelling the vessels exploded 73 seconds after launch killing all 7 crew members.
STS-107Rick D. Husband, William McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel B. Clark, Ilan Ramon
This space death was very upsetting since all of the mission was a success until they returned to earth. The ship disintegrated as it went into the Earth’s atmosphere.
ISS expedition 36Fyodor Yurchikhin, Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg
This mission wasn’t as bad since no one died but did cause injuries. This was because of the space suit. Water leaked from Lyca Parmitano’s suit which made him unable to hear or speak.
ConclusionThose are all the tragic space deaths and injuries. Wow that’s a lot. One thing I learned from this is that you should always double check the mechanics in a rocket, shuttle, etc. There have been a lot of deaths, but space technology has improved since then.