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The Perils of Space Exploration

The idea of exploring space may seem full of glamour, but it’s a dangerous and petrifying experience. Vladimir Komarov’s remains can be seen in his photo, of which only his heelbone was left behind. Komarov is the first person to die as a result of a space expedition.

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In 1967 the Soyuz 1 powered back down to Earth after an issue with the parachute. The astronaut died on impact, charred and with nothing left but bones. This photograph shows officials scrutinising his remains.