u ever think about how yuri gagarin’s friend vladimir komarov knew that the Soyuz 1 had 203 defects before he got into it, knew he would die, and, knowing that yuri was the backup pilot, decided to fly anyway?
u ever think about how all the people who saw the list of defects were either killed outright or shipped to Siberia bc they wanted to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution with the launch of Soyuz 1?
u ever think about how, when komarov was asked why he didn’t refuse he said “if it wasn’t me it would be yuri. we must protect him”?
u ever think about how yuri stormed up to the launch area, demanding to be put in a flight suit in an effort to save komarov and die in his place but he was too late and the launch sequence had already started?
u ever think about how komarov called ground control and his wife crying, knowing he was going to die?
u ever think about how the last transmissions from Soyuz 1 have komarov cursing the government and the people who sent him up in a faulty spacecraft, knowing he would die?
u ever think about how, despite the fact that Soyuz 1 overheated so much on reentry that it melted komarov’s flight suit to his body and melted his bones, they still had an open casket funeral for him?
u ever think about how vladimir komarov’s funeral was one of the few times that the ussr recognized it had fucked up its priorities?
oh nooo my heart 😥💔