100 Rare Historical Photos That You Never Saw Before

#8 – The remains of the astronaut Vladimir Komarov, a man who fell from space, 1967

Soviet military officials view the remains of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.
Soviet military officials view the remains of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.

Mankind’s road to the stars had its unsung heroes. One of them was the Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first Soviet cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to die on a space mission—he was killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on April 24, 1967 due to a parachute failure.

However, because he died when the capsule crashed into ground, he is not considered the first human fatality in outer space. The above photograph shows the charred remains of Komarov being looked over by Soviet officials during his open casket funeral. Only a chipped heel bone survived the crash.