Advertisements The USSR's failure to get to the moon can't be attributed to Korolev's death alone. There were failures before and after Korolev's death. Two close-calls, two fatal accidents, and third actually in space. The show never mentions The Chief Designer by name, and I think it's intentional because they didn't want to get mired on the actual turning point. Alternative history narratives love the "single event/person" altering the course of history. In P.K. Dick's Man in the High Castle, FDR's assassination led to the US isolationism, being stuck in the Great Depression and losing WWII. As much as I love that story, the single person/key event theory always bugged me- because it implies history is simpler than it actually is. It's like believing if Archduke Ferdinand wasn't assassinated, WW1 wouldn't have happened.