April 22, 2021
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Deadly missions
Risks involved in space exploration

The quest to explore the unknown has remained an integral part of the human spirit down the centuries. In fact, the space age heralded by the launch of Soviet Sputnik in 1957 stands out as a sterling tribute to the human vision to look beyond the spaceship earth to sustain human presence in the final frontiers.

But then the space exploration continues to remain costly, challenging and dangerous exercise. For instance, eighteen astronauts and cosmonauts have so far paid with their lives while flying into space whereas three others got killed while going through the exercise of ground rehearsal. And in the last week of October 2014, two space mishaps in quick succession, rattled the world by bringing home the dangers and perils associated with the exploration of the final frontiers.  Both these space missions, which were spearheaded by the privately owned enterprises, were certainly a big blow to the dreams of “cheap access to space” scripted by the new age space industry.

First incident was of mid-space explosion of the Antares rocket of the
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