How Many Astronauts Have Died in Space?


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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