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October 24 - Day of Remembrance of the fallen testers of rocket and space technology

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In 1999, the command of the Strategic Missile Forces issued an order establishing the Day of Remembrance of the Rocketmen. The date of October 24 was chosen for him.


On this day in 1960 at the Baikonur cosmodrome, the worst and largest disaster occurred in stories rocket technology. The tragedy occurred during the tests of the new R-16 ballistic missile. Unjustified haste and a series of safety violations led to the accidental start of the second stage engine of the rocket. At this time, she was at the launch site. There were about 250 people near the rocket, half of whom were not involved in test work.

The burning rocket fuel as a result of the leak destroyed everything within a radius of more than one hundred meters from the rocket, including the testers of the new rocket, who burned to death. According to official information, the exact death toll is not known and ranges from 78 to 126 people.

On the same day, October 24, but three years later, another catastrophe occurred at Baikonur, resulting in the death of people. This time in 1963, eight people died.

This day, on which, by a tragic coincidence, two major disasters in the rocket and space industry occurred, has since become the Day of Remembrance of the Rocket Engineers.

Memorial meetings are held annually on October 24 at the Baikonur cosmodrome. There are no rocket launches on this day. Memorial events are held near the mass grave of the rocket technology testers, flowers are laid. Employees of the rocket and space industry, its veterans, relatives of the victims come here to honor their memory.

The editorial board of Voenniy Obozreniye would like to express gratitude to all the testers of rocket and space technology who gave their lives doing their duty to the Motherland. Low bow to them and eternal memory.
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  1. newcomer
    newcomer 24 October 2020 09: 37
    +4
    I subscribe to the editorial office's statement, I will only add that Chief Marshal of Artillery Nedelin was killed there.
    1. askort154
      askort154 24 October 2020 12: 40
      +2
      newbie ..I subscribe to the editorial office's statement, I will only add that Chief Marshal of Artillery Nedelin was killed there.

      And there was a short obituary in Pravda. There was a disaster Li-2 in the mountains of the Carpathians, flying to Romania. On board was a delegation, which included Marshal Nedelin. Could now, modern media - remember him. But Alas! hi
      1. newcomer
        newcomer 24 October 2020 12: 46
        +3
        Yangel went out to smoke, remained alive, thank God.
        1. askort154
          askort154 24 October 2020 12: 49
          0
          newbie ..Yangel went out to smoke, remained alive, thank God.

          It was this that raised doubts about his "non-involvement" with the commission of inquiry.
          1. newcomer
            newcomer 24 October 2020 12: 51
            -1
            Let's not talk about it today.
          2. Zoldat_A
            Zoldat_A 24 October 2020 19: 08
            -1
            Quote: askort154
            newbie ..Yangel went out to smoke, remained alive, thank God.
            It was this that raised doubts about his "non-involvement" with the commission of inquiry.

            The fact that Yangel went out to smoke is normal and the commissions, I think, have nothing to think about. This is not America-Houston, where (the chronicle clearly shows) Americans are sitting in front of monitors with cigars.
  2. Asad
    Asad 24 October 2020 09: 38
    +4
    Everlasting memory! Why is the exact number of deaths not known?
    1. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 24 October 2020 19: 30
      +4
      Quote: ASAD
      Everlasting memory! Why is the exact number of deaths not known?

      At one time they were classified so much that they can still figure out what is secret and what is not.

      And there is one more thing. I will say from my own experience that "Baikonur Cosmodrome" - this concept exists only among those who saw the launch of the rocket only on TV in the news. For those who are in the subject, such a concept does not exist, there are "platforms" scattered across the steppe. A huge number of people - from military representatives to hard workers-assemblers - went there on business trips. Destination - Leninsk or Tyuratam. And where exactly he was THERE, at what site, somewhere in Kuibyshev, Moscow or Novosibirsk at the enterprise, the person who sent on the business trip did not know. Because a person died during the "same" accident or somewhere else - few knew.
      Plus the peculiarities of "that" accident - not that many could not be identified, but just not all of the remains were found. Burned down.
      So in Leninsk they knew how many people were on the site, how many remains were found and how many were missing. In Moscow, I'm not sure. Somewhere in Omsk in some SMU-3 trust "Stalmontazh" - they did not know for sure. And the family either did not receive anything at all, except for a piece of paper, or, at best, sealed zinc with an incomprehensible inside.

      That is why NOW it is impossible to establish the number of deaths. Surely there is still a stamp on so many papers that, I think, there will never be an exact number and an exact list of the dead.
      1. Asad
        Asad 24 October 2020 19: 41
        +2
        Thanks for the detailed answer!
        1. Zoldat_A
          Zoldat_A 24 October 2020 19: 58
          +1
          Quote: ASAD
          Thanks for the detailed answer!

          It's my pleasure, hi... It is not for me, then for those who stayed THERE forever.

          This is an attempt to shut up the righteous liberals who have been shouting since 1986, "Yes, the brutal Soviet Union ruined thousands of people there, but everything is good, but they hide everything ..." Ugh on them ...
          Nobody died in vain. War is always war. And for space - also a war ...

          And further. This is how it is deployed, not I on the VO should tell, but the generals with big stars and the chiefs in big chairs. And in Vipikeedia it should be. In order not to feed the fabrications of the liberal truth-seekers. I did not say anything secret. Nothing new for those in the subject - too. So if the forums write formulas for the fuel on which our rockets fly, then why shouldn't people be given such a short and simple explanation? No, damn it, "from five to five hundred" ...
  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 24 October 2020 09: 40
    +6
    The sky, and even the cosmos, invites the best and sometimes keeps them for itself ...
    Everlasting memory...
  4. Prisoner
    Prisoner 24 October 2020 09: 56
    +1
    And also today is the Day of Special Forces! Men's Day. Thanks for the space guys. Eternal glory to you and eternal memory.
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 24 October 2020 10: 09
    +1
    Yes, the death of people is always a tragedy, the death of the military in peacetime, and far from hostilities is a double tragedy! And, after all, many civilian specialists were killed there! I sincerely condole with all the relatives, friends, colleagues, relatives and colleagues of the victims! Rest in peace to them!
  6. Gordei
    Gordei 24 October 2020 10: 23
    +3
    The primacy in space cost us dearly in the USSR, despite the devastation and huge losses after the Second World War, the Soviet people quickly recovered and the dash into space was the greatest Victory in the history of mankind, despite all the threats and provocations .. Eternal memory to EVERYONE who forged this major victory The USSR and now we still use this foundation laid by our grandfathers and great-grandfathers (not everyone managed to ditch the screamers and whiners) ..
    Here are scary shots of how we got this victory ..

    And how many small failures there were and yet we got Eternal memory to them (many are still classified)
  7. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 24 October 2020 10: 32
    +2
    Eternal Glory and memory to those who mastered the Cosmos and led us to new achievements
  8. tuts
    tuts 24 October 2020 11: 01
    +1
    I join the Eternal memory!
  9. U-58
    U-58 24 October 2020 11: 29
    +1
    Today I raised a glass in memory of the rocket men.
  10. mat-vey
    mat-vey 24 October 2020 12: 09
    0
    I don’t know, it fits specifically for this day, but the memory should definitely be - my dear uncle of my half at the origins of mobile anti-aircraft complexes was ... sent from tankers (I was already a captain - I graduated from school with honors), because of the constant haste I often had to breathe components rocket fuel, died early and during autopsy (according to the stories of relatives, of course), the lungs were like hedgehogs due to damaged alveoli ... I worked precisely on rockets, not on the chassis ...
  11. Virus-free crown
    Virus-free crown 24 October 2020 12: 10
    +3
    The editorial board of Voenniy Obozreniye would like to express gratitude to all the testers of rocket and space technology who gave their lives doing their duty to the Motherland. Low bow to them and eternal memory.

    I subscribe to the editorial statement!

    Everlasting memory
  12. Sakmagon
    Sakmagon 24 October 2020 14: 17
    +1
    To the dead - eternal memory!
    And to the scribblers ...
    According to official information, the exact death toll is not known and ranges from ...

    Was it a sabantuy ?, gathered around, who wanted?
    "When you speak, Ivan Vasilievich, the feeling is that you are delusional!"
  13. Old26
    Old26 24 October 2020 19: 34
    +1
    Quote: Gordei
    In the USSR, the primacy in space cost us dearly, despite the devastation and huge losses after the Second World War.The Soviet people quickly recovered and the dash into space was the greatest Victory in the history of mankind, despite all the threats and provocations ..

    This is not primacy in space. This is the creation of the Country's missile shield.

    Quote: Sacmagon
    To the dead - eternal memory!
    And to the scribblers ...
    According to official information, the exact death toll is not known and ranges from ...

    Was it a sabantuy ?, gathered around, who wanted?
    "When you speak, Ivan Vasilievich, the feeling is that you are delusional!"

    The numbers are not from the scribblers. It's just that the people who were there voiced different numbers at one time (where he came from - now no one can say). According to the list by name, the death toll was 78 people. But there are other figures: according to K. Ye. Khachaturian and A. S. Matrenin, the number of victims reaches 92, and B. Ye. Chertok calls the figure of 126 people. So these are not scribblers.
  14. Bonk838
    Bonk838 25 October 2020 14: 32
    0
    Somewhere in Omsk in some SMU-3 trust "Stalmontazh" - they did not know for sure. ********* Hmmm ..... "Stalmontazh" somehow I have not heard of this, maybe just I have never worked before, in the Stalkonstruktsiya trust, so they, yes, obeyed the USSR Ministry of Defense, and mounted shells for radars in the mountains and others at Baikonur. Eternal Memory for the testers !!!!