CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1990 |
A Soviet army newspaper revealed last week that 165 people, including a top general, were killed 30 years ago when a rocket exploded on the launch pad, making it the worst known space-related accident in the Soviet Union. Secrecy has shrouded the accident at the Baikonur Space Center ever since the explosion shot flames into the Central Asian sky on Oct. 24, 1960. No official death toll or technical details of the accident have ever been released, despite several articles describing the event.