The Accidental Spacecraft Splashdown Which Almost Killed Its Crew

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In 1976 Soyuz 23 returned from space after a truncated mission and due to poor luck ended up landing in Lake Tengiz during a snowstorm. The recovery teams were unable to recover the spacecraft for several hours, while the crew were unable to get fresh air into the capsule and risked asphyxiation.

  1. R Barnard

    I just had to subscribe…. I’m pretty sure I had subscribed to you already. Is YouTube playing more games?

  2. Pedro Wenzel

    Does anyone now at what time the dragon is gonna lift off?

  3. Alex Landherr

    Where is the intro audio from?

  4. LunarOutlaw’s Garage

    Hope you and your family is well already look forward to your history videos

  5. Sahib singh

    Hi Scott,😅

  6. Alex Khalif

    Ahh Memories of Soviet Era Missions…Coming in from Orbit to land in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm @ night!!!…A real life drama

  7. Weta

    No budget for recovery team in Soviet Russia.

  8. skyrien

    A *million* subscribers! Congrats! Please keep doing this :)

  9. The Rocinante

    Dude I had no idea about this! Fly safe!

  10. Kevin Norris

    Such a classically Russian/Soviet way for the mission to go awry. Launch was a bit bumpy so they ran low on fuel. The docking system had some trouble, which combined with the reduced fuel reserves resulted in having to end the mission sooner. Then, finally, the capsule returns to Earth by landing in a freezing cold salt lake in the middle of a snowstorm! The only thing missing was an encounter with some bears!

  11. mikeissweet

    Land landing is cooler. Probably cheaper in the long run

  12. Dávid Ebner

    what an exciting story! Thanks Scott!

  13. DivideByZeroGetCake

    Fly safe indeed! This would make a great docudrama.

  14. steve adams

    Why didn’t they cut the parachute lines?

    Great understatement Scott.

  15. Kineticartist

    great story thank you for sharing!

  16. Brian Streufert

    Congrats on 1M subscribers, Scott!!!!

  17. Alistair Whitfield

    7:19 Why didn’t the diver cut the parachute? Why would you tow a craft with a parachute when you’ve had ample time to cut it?

  18. Nolan Friedline

    Wow, what a crazy story!

  19. Niels Poldervaart

    Whomever thought it was acceptable to launch during such stormy weather at the cost of deltaV is really at fault here.

  20. Roshaan Bukhari

    Great video. Why do you say ‘fly safe’ in a diabolical fashion though?😋

  21. Don Jones

    Well, that was cheerful. I hope Doug and Bob weren’t watching.

  22. Astrostevo

    How have I not heard of this before? Amazing tale of survival and rescue. Thankyou.

  23. Michael

    The stuff I learn here!

  24. parajacks4

    Wow, what a story. Thank you for that Scott

  25. The Woodio Bros

    Fly safe is back!

  26. JHNielson4851

    Sounds like the salinity about the same as the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

  27. Random Tech, Auto, Securi

    Wow, that is an incredible story. Shows the tenacity and bravery of humankind, regardless of the country you live in, when one or more of our fellow human’s lives are at risk.

  28. Jayda Appleton

    Chinese rocket did a splashdown too………. recently !!

    Let’s see you put a good spin on that Scott ?

  29. traumajock

    I hope all those guys were decorated. They deserve it.

  30. Mark Reynolds

    “Land safe”

  31. jonny moka

    He has an antenna on his head at times. Well, at least it looks like it sometimes

  32. falco830

    This sounds like an interesting movie… or HBO series

  33. Aquila Rossa

    <3 CCCP <3

  34. InventorZahran

    I like the Russian intro!

  35. Frostie-Flake

    Fly safe and keep your stick on the ice!

  36. Jam the Ooze

    Cheers, Scott!!

  37. Zachary

    I love the new intro.

  38. Juan Pablo Romero

    Hey Scott! Thanks for the videos!! This are the things that takes us away from the bad news and hard quarantine times. We really need this!

  39. Jean Deaux

    Fascinating! Never knew of this event until now. Thanks for sharing! 👍🏻😎

  40. D Sandoval

    Imagine surviving space in the early years of space exploration, coming back from space, land safe on earth, and you’re closer to death than ever. So close, yet so far.
    I bet being inside was torture. Glad everyone survived. And the guy that stayed with them all night, truly awesome.

  41. Muth Pierre

    Thanks for this piece of history Scott !

  42. tarmaque

    That was a fantastic story. Thank you!

  43. Chester Martin

    “fly safe”

    I don’t even fly 😣

  44. camo hawk

    Never fun when astronauts or cosmonauts get into trouble.

  45. Ludwig's Unholy Spade

    The intro sound is kinda scary… I love it

  46. Billy Grahammer

    Some landing have sadly never made it.

  47. Ellis K

    Thank you Scott Manley, I had never heard about this. I went to sleep listening to a lecture on orbital mechanics, trying to bone up for your video on it.

  48. Artem

    The voice heard during intro is Yuri Gagain saying, “Thank you. Goodbye, see you soon, dear friends” at around T+20 of his flight.

  49. Anarchy Antz

    Murica: We had Apollo 13.
    Russia: Hold my Vodka…..

  50. MrVipitis

    what I find amazing is how US launches skip for a day or a week when there is a little too much wind, but the Soyuz does just start crewed in a snowstorm or blizzard.

  51. Steve Siegelin

    Also that is one badass support crew! You know you have a good crew when they’re willing to risk their own life and even lose a few fingers to make sure you survive.

  52. Raymond Heath

    I heard that the Demo 2 mission will be 110 days and that the astronauts had been training for work assignments on the station

  53. Pascal S.

    Amazing into.
    I really love the Soyuz (Rocket and Spacecraft)

  54. dougpowers

    Balls of solid Soviet steel, no doubt. It’s unfortunate that Roscosmos is now a thin shadow of what these cosmonauts, pilots, and technicians risked their lives to build.

  55. Brandon Bennetzen

    What transpired in this video was incredible brave. Why nobody got “The Order of Lenin” I don’t know.

  56. CronuSurtr

    Yaaay, flying safe again!

  57. SpaceXenthusiast

    Last time I was this early we were having water landings on all spacecraft!

  58. Benny Baggins

    Fascinating history lesson, thanks Scott. Dare I say it? “Beam me up Scotty”.

  59. vmdirt

    Hey Moriarty, what’s with the negative waves so close to DM2? :)

  60. Seth Hansen

    I love the intro 🙏

  61. James Hood

    “Nobody laughed at that joke.” I must be nobody then!

  62. Chris eddy

    Excellent video, Sir! This was a bit of Russian Space History that I was unaware of. Thank you for enlightening me. And us!

  63. Craig Corson

    Interesting. I had never heard of this incident. Somewhat reminiscent of Gus Grissom’s first flight – only not.

  64. Dragonfire511

    Nice detail in the intro with the Soyuz.

  65. conor27

    Wow this is one of my favorite stories now. That’s unbelievable.

  66. Alberto Cattaneo

    Tough luck ending up in a lake from space!

  67. gary swift

    Wow, what a story! Glad the crew made it ok.

  68. Damian Reloaded

    This is material for what could be a great movie

  69. dropgold

    Fascinating story that I have never heard before Scott. Thank you :)

  70. Aubrey Freeman

    In other news, I fully expect to see Scott meet the challenge of recreating the SpaceX demo 2 mission. Hopefully all that mission needs is a “recover vessel“ after splashdown.

  71. Hongliang Lim

    Capsule: **Rocks around**
    Crew: **Just use knives to take off suits**

  72. ares106

    This story is perfect for a movie.

  73. Guerrero JR

    Scott(casually):…and for this he actually suffer severe frostbite and lost two of his fingers.
    Me: Ahh yes, he lost two of his fingers no big deal, happens all the time.

  74. Franko Walker

    Holy crap, what a nightmare of a situation for the cosmonauts. Well done to the rescue team.

  75. anthellis

    Why couldn’t they cut the parachutes off?

  76. Alexander Batyr

    Scott, your pronunciation of Russian names sounds very good, I appreciate the effort you’ve done to learn it!

  77. Simon Kimberly

    He said fly safe this time!

  78. NoName

    It’s valEri, not vAleri

  79. TeslaKaniv

    I thought I knew everything about xUSSR space program. I did not.

  80. Aubrey Freeman

    Is it just me or did the Soviet’s have a lot more “successful failures” than the US?

  81. Peeks'n'Pokes

    Yet another case where it would have been nice to have the ability to detatch parachutes from the inside.

  82. piranha031091

    1:04 : “It would be a return to the space station which had been abandoned by the crew of Soyuz 21 in an emergency where the atmosphere had got contaminated”
    Soooo… will you be making a video on that? Because you sure piked my curiosity there!

  83. Ouli

    Damn, those Russians played space exploration in hard mode. Launching, landing and rescuing under those circumstanced alone is rocket science.

  84. Soren Ingram

    This could be made into an Epic movie..

  85. Sir Squegg

    “What’s a couple of fingers between comrades” is what I want to imagine the pilot would say.

  86. Pasha Lekhanov

    Few details to add: local fishers and farmers helped heli landings by burning fires from own wood fences and brought a big boat which was declined by militaries having an order to follow pre-approved plans and methods. Also interesting that the pilot initially tied his standard one-man inflatable boat (!) to capsule next to x-ray altimeter and probably got some Ziverts before crew realized this and recommended from inside to change the spot.

  87. Julian Fernandez

    Hope a spacecraft lands at my town’s lake some day

  88. RobinTJKershaw

    Bloody hell. Save this for when you think you’re having a bad day.

  89. Nuran On

    Just a couple of days ago I read Scott Kelly’s “Endurance” where he describes Soyuz splashdown training in the Black Sea near Sotchi. They were supposed to not only get out of their pressure suits but also put on their cold temperature gear below the water protective gear to fight of hypothermia in cold waters. Kelly’s impression was that this procedure was kinda optimistic given how exhausting even the training in perfect conditions was, not to speak of a scenario where the crew might be weakened by a long duration stay on the ISS. That training was cut short by news prompting immediate return to Sotchi. It was September 11th, 2001.

  90. Pasha Lekhanov

    Rozh-des-Tven-ski :) from рождество – Christmas

  91. Maxim Mishukov

    it is strange to hear “Than you, goodbye, my friends” in the intro of the video (this is what russian words in the intro mean)

  92. ZachTheSloth

    Wait was this man a descendanr of the commander of the legendarily cursed Second Pacific Squardon?

    If so then this family is absolutely cursed by every conceivable body of water.

  93. fluffysheap

    Should have just clicked the “recover” button

  94. Konstantin Alexandrov

    It is “Rozhdéstvensky”, with zh; an adjective from “rozhdestvo” = Christmas :)

  95. bloody_albatross

    They could make a Russian “Gravity” out of this.

  96. Markius Fox

    I hope the helo pilot received the Gold Star Medal or the Hero of the Soviet Union for staying with the capsule. That was an incredibly selfless act that could have resulted in his death.

  97. Tim McDaniel

    [backup parachute deploys accidentally]

    Check yo’ staging.

  98. Slartybarfast B

    That helicopter pilot who brought the boat to the capsule and stayed in -20°C is a true hero! What an amazing thing to do.

  99. Peter

    There was no reasonable way to cut the parachutes?

  100. Hermann Abt

    “How many atmospheres can the ship withstand?”
    “Well, it was built for space travel, so anywhere between zero and one.”

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