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A strange tale, that of Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev. According to Wikipedia, Belyayev was selected for the space programm in 1960 after nearly fifteen years' experience in the Soviet air force and navy. He was originally to fly the Vostok 8 mission into Earth's Van Allen radiation belt, but this was cancelled. He died in 1970 from peritonitis that resulted from an operation on a stomach ulcer and is buried in the Novodevichy convent in Moscow.
How strange it is then, when one looks at the grave of Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, that this man who apparently did nothing at all out of the ordinary has the most splendid grave out of ALL of the cosmonauts in Moscow's most prestigious cemetery, with a magnificent statue evocative of someone who has done something truly special. Also strange is the fact that, contrary to custom he was not cremated but was buried with full honours. And for what exactly was Pavel Belyayev awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union, Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Star, numerous medals and foreign honors for? He also bore the title of the Hero of Socialist Labor of Bulgaria, Hero of Vietnam, and Hero of Mongolia, and had a minor planet, 2030 Belyaev discovered in 1969 by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Chernykh, named after him.
Originally posted by DaTroof
The table is simple really....
522 people at the time had ventured into space as living humans.
The remains of 608 humans, which have been cremated, have been launched into space.
List of space burials
- April 21, 1997: 24 remains samples launched into Earth orbit on a modified Pegasus rocket
- January 7, 1998: Sample of the remains of Eugene Shoemaker as secondary payload on a three-stage Athena rocket to the Moon
- February 10, 1998: 30 remains samples as a secondary payload launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket
- December 20, 1999: 36 remains samples as a secondary payload launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket
- September 21, 2001: 43 remains samples as a secondary payload failed to be launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket
- January 19, 2006: Sample of the remains of Clyde Tombaugh on the New Horizons spacecraft launched by a Atlas V rocket to Pluto
- August 3, 2008: 208 remains samples flown as a secondary payload, lost in the failure of a Falcon 1 rocket
- May 22, 2012: 308 remains samples successfully launched as a secondary payload along with SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket[5