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|Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky|
June 1, 1928|
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Died||June 30, 1971
|Rank||Podpolkovnik, Soviet Air Force|
|Time in space||23d 18h 21m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 2|
Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky (Russian: Гео́ргий Тимофе́евич Доброво́льский; June 1, 1928 – June 30, 1971) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He is notable for being one of the only three people in history to die in outer space.
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.
Dobrovolsky's ashes were placed in an urn in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis on the Red Square in Moscow. He was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the title of Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR.
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