Chris Hadfield explained that astronaut had to deal with the stress caused by the risk of flying to the sky, the picture of the fail for a thousand times before the time comes. If they imagined the failure that comes true, of course, it would shock the public consciousness all over the world. No one would be able to stop the effects for decades. Even it could lead more attention because the government is failing in hushing it up. When we are talking about the worst disasters related to human history and their space travel, we are sure it would be hard for you to believe in these things. We collected the list below based on how many lives were gone.
10. Vanguard TV3
When the United States of America launched the Vanguard TV3, they have spent two months being deeply embarrassed. It was because the Sputnik made by the Soviet Union had been the first satelite that orbit to Earth. They then started to broadcast it on live television. Million could see how the satelite flight roughly one meter into the sky but then exploded and fell over.
Surely it would be the most embarrassing moment when it comes to the space race and its history. It happened on December 6, 1957. They could fix their problem and launched Explorer 1 on January 31 in 1958, successfully. It only took less than to them to fix.
9. Soyuz – 1
The victim was Col. Vladimir Komarov. It was when Yuri Gagarin celebrated his existence being the first man into space. On the other hands, he had to lose his friend as the first man who died after landing on Earth. Soyuz-1 and Komarov started the journey on April 23, 1967. When he entered the orbit, he began to experience communications and power failures.
8. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two
The one who died in this tragedy was Michael Alsbury. Meanwhile, his friend, Peter Siebold injured. Their sobering story began on October 31, 2014. Michale Alsbury conducted the fourth test flight of SpaceShip Two. He had flown for the previous tests. For this journey, he went with Peter Siebold as his co-pilot.
Alsbury deployed the tail system for the suborbital vehicle. He was flying at Mach .8, instead of the need to speed Mach 1.4. What happened next was, the tail was bent. Michael Alsbury then lost control of the vehicle. Siebold survived, he deployed his parachute as the seat ejected. The violent wreck was avoidable that the debris from SpaceShip Two spread over file miles of the Mojave Desert.
7. NASA 901
Most disasters in space journey happen during the launch or while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. But, this one was something different and less tragic. It began when astronauts Elliot See and Charlie Bassets were flying to Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri on February 1966. They had to launch Gemini IX. Their mission was to send the unmanned Agena vehicle to the Earth’s orbit and to dock with it. If the mission were a big success, America would be the third spacewalker.
During the flight to the airbase, Elliot See performed an unusual flight maneuver for his descent and then cut off the backup pilots from descending. So he flew past his target. He attempted to correct but See crashed his jet into the roof of McDonnell Building 101. This accident killed both astronauts with the debris from the roof hit a dozen of the workers inside the building.
6. The 2007 Scaled Composites Disaster
Most victims of space disasters are astronauts. This accident reminded us that engineers and maintenance personnel get a high risk too. It was on July 26, 2007, when engineers for Scaled Composites were testing the propellant flow system for SpaceShip Two at Kern Country Mojave Airport, located 95 miles outside Los Angeles, California. After that, a tank of nitrous oxide exploded which was similar to a five-hundred-pound bomb strike six workers with debris. This tragedy had killed three people named Todd Ivens, Eric Blackwell, and Charles May.
5. The Apollo 1 Fire
It was a routine preflight test. Unfortunately, the fuel tanks for Apollo 1 on the Saturn 1B pad were empty on January 27, 1967. A fire then broke out in the command module. This incident doomed three astronauts abroad named Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger B. Chaffee. Later, the case that caused this tragedy was the hatch on the command module.
They were trapped inside, only opened inward. At that time, the air pressure inside from the sudden then increased the temperature and released gases so high with more than seventeen pounds per square inch. No one could open it at all until five minutes after the fire broke out, reports would state that the crew had likely died from heat and smoke inhalation in the first minute.
4. Soyuz 11
It became one of the great tragedies in astronomical history with the victims named Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev docked with Salyut 1 as the world’s first space station on June 7, 1971, they were ready to return on June 30 with the new record as the longest time humans had stayed in orbit. The capsule landed in the intended location.
The tragedy started when the capsule was opened. The recovery team found the astronauts were unconscious and their body was still warm, so they tried to help by providing CPR performance. Vasili Mishin did the subsequent analysis as the chief designer of Soyuz 11 and found that the crew had died due to suffocation with less than a minute.
3. Columbia STS-107
The victims were Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool, and Ilan Ramon.
Columbia STS-107 was a tragedy as a result of something trivial. The story began from the launch of the Kennedy Space Center in 2003; 1.67 pounds of foam broke off one of the fuel tanks and then fell on the left wing. It caused a leak of hot gases that cut through the wing. The crew could not do anything to save themselves as soon as the damage went through the wing.
2. Plesetsk Cosmodrome
The location was 500 miles north of Moscow. It still became the largest spaceport made by Russian. In 1957, it was the first place for the Soviet Union to place their Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. On March 19, 1980, they had a mission to launch the Vostok rocket to put a spy satellite they named Ikar into the orbit. A massive explosion then destroyed both rocket and launch pad. The Soviet newspaper, Pravda attempted to cover. They claimed that the launch was a big success and never admit the truth until 1989. This tragedy has had killed 43 people with five more people during the rescue attempts.
There were six people died with 57 personnel injured. Even hundreds of anonymous civilians were potentially injured.
It began when the launch of a commercial satellite. The shuttle was in the air for 20 seconds, and then it arched toward the housing facilities. Those buildings were empty, but the explosion was equal as 46-ton rocket. Therefore, it destroyed numerous surrounding buildings. It destroyed the local monument, the ancient Chinese rocketry history as well.