The Only Humans To Die In Space

Soyuz and Salyut Docking in Space.

Soyuz and Salyut Docking in Space (Artist’s Rendering). Source: SpaceFacts/ Joachim Becker

There exists only one video of what followed Soyuz 11’s violent decompression. In it, we see two men sprawled over white sheets, helpless on the dead grasses of the Kazakh steppe. Their faces are obscured by the sweating, heaving medics huddled over them, performing the kiss of life, frantically trying to save them: but their essences had been sucked out in a silent flash. Their skin is as gray and lifeless as the ground they lay upon. All crewmen were lost.

The Salyut-1 (“salute”, “fanfare”) was intended to be one of the USSR’s defining blows to the United States in the Cold War. The first space station of any kind was going to be a Soviet one, and the eager Soviets had already sent a team of three men to occupy it. It was a hasty decision: the Soviet team had recently abandoned their lunar mission plans, and were in a mad dash to show the world that they could still make firsts in space. From the initial design phases to the actual launch of Salyut-1, only 16 months had passed.

Crew of Space Station Salyut-1/Soyuz 11.

Crew of Space Station Salyut-1/Soyuz 11. Source: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

The first manned flight to Salyut-1 was the Soyuz 10. There was a malfunction in the docking procedure and the mission had to be scrapped. Soyuz 11 was the second attempt, and the world was leaning forward in their seats as the crew successfully completed its three-hour docking procedure with Salyut on June 7th, 1971. But the three men: Vladislav Volkov, Georgy Dobrovolsky, and Viktor Patsayev, were greeted with a troubling sight: the space station was filled with smoke.
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Build A Rainwater Collection System In Your Backyard

Rainwater

We’re in the middle of a water crisis. Some of the worst droughts in recorded history are currently sweeping through Australia, the Americas, and Africa, turning once-productive farmland into desert and placing a growing barrier between the poor and potable water.

The United States of America leaves the world’s largest water footprint (about 400 gallons per person every day). We get it–long, hot showers are amazing. Whether you’re deep conditioning, weeping over the likelihood that you’re sterile due to all the synthetic estrogen you ingested as a child, or whatever else you do in there, you’re turning a lot of clean, potable water into waste water, and we’re running through our clean water resources faster than the earth can replenish them.

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6 Amazingly Beautiful Gardens Around The World

Gardens Around the World

Source: BeltLine

The world’s earliest gardens were planted to reap medicinal benefits and celebrate the gods. Over time, the purpose of gardens has expanded dramatically, with people growing gardens for a number of functional and not-so-functional reasons. Take a trip with us as we explore six mesmerizing gardens around the world, landing on almost every continent but Antarctica. (And keep your bucket list handy—you will be needing it.)

Canada: Butchart Gardens

Brentwood Bay, British Columbia is home to one of world’s most beautiful expanses of plants and trees—the Butchart Gardens. Featuring uninterrupted bloom from more than one million bedding plants, the site has since been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. Each year, nearly a million visitors gape at the various gardens that contain more than 900 varieties of colorful blooms.

Entrance to Butchart Gardens

Source: Joy Kennedy

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