Soviet moon (by david coulson) pt05 - yangel's bad day at work
Part 5 :Yangel’s bad day at work
Over a hundred people died that day. As for the survivors, their bodies were forever scarred by the spray of acid or the inhalation of toxic fumes. Some poor fellows simply could not breathe because the acid had dissolved the lining of their lungs. No-one escaped the scarring, physical or emotional of this black day at Tyuratum.Yangel himself survived by the merest luck. Had he not been so dependent oncigarettes he would have died horribly amongst the hundred others who worked forhim. Field Marshall Nedelin, whose name I have taken great liberties with in thestory so far, was a real person who lost his life that day; consequently the event isusually called the Nedelin disaster.
The newspapers could not reveal that this senior military official – one of the most powerful military figures of that era – had died in the launch pad explosion of a secret new rocket, and said vaguely that he had died in a plane crash somewhere.Neither could the newspapers reveal the sudden death of a hundred technicians in asmall town in Kazakhstan without exposing the rocket project taking place there.All they could do was