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He was selected to become a cosmonaut in 1960 with the first cosmonaut group. After being the backup for Pavel Popovich on Vostok 4, his first spaceflight was with the Voskhod 1 mission. On his second flight, Soyuz 1, he was killed during a return, when the spacecraft crashed due to failure of the parachute.
Just before impact, the then premier Kosygin told Komarov his country was proud of him. An American NSA listening post in Istanbul noted Komarov's reply was inaudible , though persistent rumors stated that Komarov died cursing the spacecraft designers and flight controllers.
Komarov was married to Valentina Yakovlevna Kiselyova and had two children, Yevgeni and Irina.
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