Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dear last citizen, you cannot be returned to Earth … the tragic story of an astronaut whose country has disappeared


What happened with the Russian astronaut Krykalev is almost a science fiction movie, the Soviet Union left him in space for a whole year because there was not enough money to return him.

This was not his only shock, but when he returned to Earth after a 311-day journey, he did not find that country that sent him into space, as he received news during his journey that the Soviet Union had dissolved.

Astronaut “Sergey Krykalev”, who holds the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, tells of his trip on a mission to the Soviet Mir space station in 1991.

Krikival launched to the Mir space station on May 18, 1991 with the astronauts “Anatoly Artsbarsky” and the British “Helen Sharman”, The flight was supposed to last 5 months, but he remained in space for nearly a year, as a result of the lack of sufficient funds for the state to return it to Earth.

The message that he received was: “Dear last citizen, stay in space, we cannot return you to Earth, the country that sent you is no longer there.”

While in space, Krikival received the news of the dissolution of the Soviet Union through talks with radio amateurs and specialists.

Fortunately for him, Krikival was able to return to Earth when Germany decided to buy his place to replace it with one of its space engineers.

The Soviet astronaut returned to Earth on March 25, 1992, to find the Soviet Union (his country) had ceased to exist, with only Russia in front of him.





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