'Is My Hair Gray?': The Story of Soyuz 4 and 5 (Part 2)

Possible scenario for how the ill-fated re-entry of Boris Volynov may have occurred. Soyuz 5 began its fall from orbit with the descent module’s hatch facing into the direction of travel, thus exposing the least-protected part of the spacecraft to the most extreme thermal stresses. Image Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

To Yevgeni Khrunov the first […]

'We Were Swearing!' Thirty Years Since Russia's Brush With Disaster

The Soyuz T-10A crew—Commander Vladimir Titov (left) and Flight Engineer Gennadi Strekalov—were destined to spend about three months aboard Salyut 7. They had also endured an unsuccessful attempt to dock with the space station in April 1983. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker / SpaceFacts.de

Praskovya Mikhailovna Strekalova did not want her son to fly into […]