Well, Duh, Reentries Are HOT
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3 out of the
4 space flight fatalities in the last 35 years have occurred during
reentry. The Soyez 1 reentry accident of 1967 and Soyez 11 reentry claimed
a total of 4 cosmonauts. We lost the Columbia space shuttle during reentry
in February of this year. The only fatal launch accident was the Challenger
shuttle in 1986. The Apollo 1 tragedy in 1967 technically was not a
flight accident because the fire occurred during a practice run while
still on the launch pad.