Cosmonauts and close friends Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov.
Gagarin was the one who realized that the space capsule Soyuz 1 was extremely flawed and not likely to stay together. After the report was completely buried by the soviet government, Komarov refused to back out of the mission saying to a friend:

"If I don’t make this flight, they’ll send the backup pilot instead." That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn’t do that to his friend. "That’s Yura," the book quotes him saying, "and he’ll die instead of me. We’ve got to take care of him." Komarov then burst into tears

Launch day, Gagarin showed up and demanded to be suited for the mission, even though he wasn’t expected to fly. Some think he was trying to save his friend’s life.

Cosmonauts and close friends Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov.

Gagarin was the one who realized that the space capsule Soyuz 1 was extremely flawed and not likely to stay together. After the report was completely buried by the soviet government, Komarov refused to back out of the mission saying to a friend:

"If I don’t make this flight, they’ll send the backup pilot instead." That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn’t do that to his friend. "That’s Yura," the book quotes him saying, "and he’ll die instead of me. We’ve got to take care of him." Komarov then burst into tears

Launch day, Gagarin showed up and demanded to be suited for the mission, even though he wasn’t expected to fly. Some think he was trying to save his friend’s life.

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    I’ve read this story quite a few times, but it’s still so sad everytime ;n;
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    :C
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