"Long Covered-Up Near-Disaster of Soyuz-5 (1969)
Was Almost Repeated Forty Years Later"
image: courtesy of 'Newton' magazine, Tokyo
"Soyuz spacecraft separates into three parts
only moments before flaming entry into the
atmosphere -- this is how it's supposed to look."
Credit: Painting of nominal separation courtesy of
Andrey Sokolov; schematic of three modules, Russian Space Agency.
April 2008 the crew cabin and
its equipment section hung up for several critical
minutes and hit the atmosphere in an improper
orientation, without the critical heat shield facing forward."
artwork of hung-up modules, NASA
- NASA SpaceFlight.com: The Real Soyuz Problem - Looking Past the
Smoke and Flames
10/21/2008 - MSNBC.com: New
Soyuz Landing Should Go Smoothly
- MSNBC.com: Spacewalk's Explosive Twist
Washington Post: “Perilous Landings by Soyuz Worry NASA”
IEEE Spectrum On-Line: Reconstructuring
A Space Near-Miss
- MSNBC: "Space crew’s hard landing raises hard
27: "The Real Soyuz Problem - Looking Past the
Smoke and Flames"
reconstruction of near-disaster
Opposite flaw - unplanned module
Background: NASA internal report on recent landing