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From the Archives, 1971: Huge crowds honour dead cosmonauts in Moscow

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 3, 1971.

MOSCOW, Friday. — The ashes of Russia’s three Soyuz-11 cosmonauts, who were cremated last night, will be placed in the Kremlin wall today after a heroes’ funeral in Red Square.

Leading the thousands of mourners who paid homage to the heroes were, from the left, R.K. Mazurov, Alexei Kosygin, the Soviet Prime Minister, Valentina Nikolayeva Tereshkova, the first woman in space, Leonid Brezhnev, the Communist Party Chairman (seen comforting relatives of dead cosmonauts) and A. Kirilenko, July 2, 1971.

Leading the thousands of mourners who paid homage to the heroes were, from the left, R.K. Mazurov, Alexei Kosygin, the Soviet Prime Minister, Valentina Nikolayeva Tereshkova, the first woman in space, Leonid Brezhnev, the Communist Party Chairman (seen comforting relatives of dead cosmonauts) and A. Kirilenko, July 2, 1971.

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands waited in the summer heat on Moscow’s Commune Square to pay their last respects to the men who were found dead, trapped in their seats, after their spacecraft made an apparently perfect landing early on Wednesday morning.

Their bodies lay in state in a hall of Moscow’s Central House of the Soviet Army, flanked by a guard of honour which, for a time, included Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev, Premier Aloxoi Kosygin and President Nikolni Podgorny.

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