• Question: how many people have been killed in space?

    Asked by 834btr25 to RocketRich, Jenn, Floris, Elie, Col Op on 6 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by BulkHulk.
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      Columbus Operations answered on 6 Mar 2016:

      Ivano: Well, losing a crew during a mission is the worst that can happen.
      Astronauts and cosmonauts put their lives at stake to foster science and human knowledge: thanks to them we can improve our lives, have better drugs and materials, and understand what’s around us.
      Space is unforgiving, and errors are paid sometimes with the lives of the crew.
      Unfortunately, in the history of human spaceflight there have been casualties. You can find the list of accidents on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spaceflight-related_accidents_and_incidents

      As of today, 18 astronauts and cosmonauts lost their lives during spaceflight missions, and 14 during training and testing.