Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolskiy
: Георгий Тимофеевич Добровольский; June 1
, Ukrainian SSR
– June 30
) was a Soviet cosmonaut
He flew on the Soyuz 11 mission and had the unfortunate distinction of being part of the second Soviet crew to die during a space flight.
After a normal re-entry, the capsule was opened and the crew was found dead. It was discovered
that a valve had opened just prior to leaving orbit that had allowed the capsule's atmosphere
to vent away into space, suffocating the crew.
Dobrovolskiy's ashes were inurned in the Kremlin Wall on the Red Square in Moscow.