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This post was edited by dostoevskydr at 2016-4-16 19:52


55 years ago a man flew to space and what's more importanthe managed to come back!

But seven years after, taking his penultimate exam to further fly alone,he crashed with his mentor in MiG-15 aircraft... Why did he decide to fly??Probably he was missing the sky...

This post is about his deathplace. It has been recently visited by blogger fotografersha, who made an interesting story to describe the shots.

Firth of all, it gets heavy on your heart once you're there.Many years are gone, but seeing this circle where the craft crashed, is still heartbreaking. For most Russian people Yuri Gagarin is an ideal person, almost unreal. He undoubtedly deserved to be the first man in space. And the country is proud.

The official version of the crash: due to the rapidly changing situation in the air, the crew was forced to make an aggressive maneuver and spinned in. The pilots desperately tried to get the craft into a hoorizontal position but it collided on the ground and both died.


March 1968 was gloomy for Soviet people. Shocking. Nobody could believe in his death. There were many rumours, and as they were not promulgated some went too far saying that the crew had been drunk with no permission to fly. But it's nonsense, of course.

The deathplace looked different in 1972 - had no stele, only the concrete circle. Red granite stele, shaped as an aircraft wing, was erected in 1975, portraits of Y.A. Gagarin and V.S. Seregin on its face.


The circle is made from black labradorite, inside is a platewith an inscription: "On March 27, 1968 the first cosmonaut of the world,Hero of the Soviet Union, Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin and test pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Sergeevich Seregin, died in an air crash in this very place".


Flowers are fresh.


This birch-tree was cut by the colliding aircraft, but ithas become taller and has curve branches atop now.


Falling down the craft "shaved" fourteen trees...


In the seventies the place was all red from pioneer ties,now people bring plastic flowers...


It's hard to explain (and quite easy to get raged) why they do this???

Why do newly weds leave bright locks at Gagarin's deathplace? How is it connected to the first man in space? This tragedy?

Wedding is a holiday, it has nothing to do with death...



The road to the place from Novoselovo village is taken care of, even the trees are cut.


Rules, explaining what this place is, and how to behave here.


They plan to make this road even better.


This is the project of the memorial complex in the Vladimir region. The place is going to change in the nearest future. Su-30 taking off and flying into the sky seems to be odd...


"Dear visitors, do not step on the monument circle, it has been freshly restored".


There is a small museum 300 meters away from the deathplace,but it is closed now. Nearby is a copy of MiG-15UTI - that very craft tragic for Gagarin.



A couple of years ago a Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov told the truth about the real reasons of Yura's death.

According to him, during the flight of Yuri and his mentor,another craft turned out to be nearby in the air. Unauthorized. Su-15 that took off from the airfield of Zhukovskiy. Its pilot violated the regulations and lowered to the height of 450 meters, got to his flight level at high speed10-15 meters away from Gagarin's MiG, made his craft spin at the speed of 750km/h and collide...

Leonov was permitted to tell the truth upon condition he would not say who was the pilot of Su-15. He's alive being rather old (80+)now. And he's seriously ill. Leonov gave his word he wouldn't name him. He claims it's not one of multiple "versions", but the true reason of first cosmonaut's death...

Via: livejournal ( Marina Lystseva )

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