How Many Astronauts Have Died in Space?

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There have been many spaceflight-related accidents and incidents. As of 2010, there have been 18 astronauts and cosmonauts who have died while in space. There have been four fatal in-flight accidents and one on the ground during rehearsal of a planned flight. In all four cases, all crew members were killed. Vladimir Komarov was the first documented fatality. How he was killed was by the capsule hitting the ground at a high speed. NASA astronauts who have died in space are memorialized at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, Florida.
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There have only been 3 confirmed deaths in space. That was the 3 man crew of the Soyuz 11 in 1971. All the others that have been killed on missions occured either upon launch or re-entry
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The NASA Astronaut Memorial Wall includes the names of 24 astronauts
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Helen Sharman, the first British born in space, who flew on the Soyuz TM-12 mission. Michael Foale, who flew on the STS-45, STS-56, STS-63, STS-84, STS-86 and STS-103 Space Shuttle
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A total of 7 astronauts (US) have died in aircraft accidents. There are also 8 Cosmonauts (Russia) who died in aircraft accidents. Need a list?
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