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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:33 am 
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The Russians have released previously classified information about the many technical problems that plagued Gagarin's space launch.
Among some of the last minute problems, the technicians had to unscrew thirty-two bolts on the capsule's hatch-cover to make alternations to the cover to make sure it was hermetically sealed.
When Gargarin entered the capsule for the lift-off, the total payload was found to be 30lbs overweight for the flight. Bits and pieces were removed from the capsule, including important pressure and temperature gauges, to lighten the load.
Gagarin was supposed to be lofted to 143 miles above the Earth, but one of the rocket motors failed to cut off and the cosmonaut was boosted to over 200 miles altitude.
We all know that when Gagarin was re-entering Earth's atmosphere, he had great difficulty in detaching the final rocket stage attached to the capsule and was only seconds from disaster when the separation occured.
And all for his airforce pay.

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What are your views on reports that Gagarin was not the pilot sent into space but someone else, but he was chosen to represent the Soviet Union?
Are they just conspiracy reports?
Also of the supposed deaths of some comonauts in uncontrolled descents?
Were these before or after Gagarin? I think they were after.
I know that for many years reports were supressed like enormous explosions on the ground resulting in many casualties.
And also many classified disasters.

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"Also of the supposed deaths of some comonauts in uncontrolled descents?
Were these before or after Gagarin? I think they were after. "

Vladimir Komarov died due to an uncontrolled descent aboard Soyuz 1
in April 1967 - six years after Gagarin's flight.

Volkov, Patseyev and Dobrovolsky also died during re-entry due to
de-pressurisation.


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but Russia's biggest space disaster occured on the ground. This was when their enormous N1 Moon rocket ( designed by an aircraft man instead of Korolev and described as a "plumber's nightmare" ) blew up in the faces of their best technicians.
It seems there was a technical problem just before launch. The normal protocol is to drain a rocket of its fuel first, then fix the problem. Unfortunately, the party bosses ordered a fix without a fuel drain. They wanted the rocket to arrive at the Moon on the date of the October revolution, but a fuel drain would have changed the arrival time.
Their "Byzantine" manned rockets have proved to be very reliable, seeing that they've had many years to smooth out the engineering problems, while retaining the same basic design.

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Hi,
Just come across this piece of interesting info ...

I didn't know they 'changed the rules' so Gagarin could still be classed as the first man in space.

http://yurigagarin50.org/history/gagarins-flight

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