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History October 24, 1960

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    The Nedelin Disaster

    On October 24, 1960, the so-called "Nedelin disaster" occurs in the Soviet space center in Baikonur!

    It is the worst missile disaster in history. At least 129 people (according to other sources significantly more) die.

    The accident happened during a test of the "R-16" missile, the first truly intercontinental ballistic missile of the Soviet Union ....:

    The tests are under enormous time pressure, as the state and party leadership has ordered the new "R-16" to be ready for use by the anniversary of the October Revolution (November 7th according to the new era) and the missile to be delivered on the anniversary for propaganda reasons start!

    The main person in charge, USSR Main Marshal of Artillery Mitrofan Nedelin ...


    ... it is responsible for the fact that numerous safety regulations are not observed or bypassed on its direct command.

    The preparations for the launch will be canceled on October 23 due to problems with the electronics, but will have to be restarted on Nedelin's orders.

    The start should take place on October 24th at 7:30 p.m. Presumably in order to dispel the legitimate safety concerns of his subordinates about a fuel leak and to put pressure on them, Nedelin demonstratively placed himself on a chair eight meters away from the missile on October 24 at around 6:40 p.m.

    Here the rocket just before the explosion; Nedelin was probably sitting next to the truck on the left in the picture ...:


    Other military personnel and technicians were forced to leave the secure bunker and stand next to it.

    When attempting to take off it comes to a catastrophe, because the extremely aggressive nitric acid contained in the tanks explodes and the shredded shreds the tanks of the rocket .....



    Chief Marshal Nedelin found only the remains of his order "Hero of the Soviet Union" and parts of his uniform.

    Among the fatalities are, besides Nedelin, also well-known scientists, the deputy chairman of the State Committee of the USSR for defense technology Lev Grischin and the deputy commander of the launch site, Nossow.

    The deaths of so many specialists further delay the missile program.

    At the site of the disaster, a memorial today commemorates the dead ...:


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