Was Yuri Gagarin actually the first man in space? How many brave men have lost their lives in preparation for an extraterrestrial journey? Is the body of one of the victims of the space race of the Powers reach the limits of our solar system?
“Homeland hears, homeland knows where her son is flying into the sky,” Yuri Gagarin sang during a voyage into space. It was April 12, 1961. Four years earlier, the Russians launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit around the Earth, thus launching a cosmic race between the Soviet Union and the United States. Strong power ambitions have caused both states to send their citizens as soon as possible into space. The priority of the USSR was a priority, but many points out that Gagarin’s success was occupied by the lives of several other Soviet cosmonauts.
Listening to cosmonauts
Before Moscow Radio issued a proud message “our Soviet man is in space” to try to send at least a few daredevils to Earth. These missions usually ended tragically. We probably would not have known them if it was not for the work done by the Cordiglia brothers from Turin. Two radio amateurs learned the cosmic secrets of the Soviet Union faster than NASA. They were the first in the West to receive the signal from Sputnik 1 in 1957. Although it seems unlikely, the brothers did not support neither the American nor the Italian government. They were self-taught, primarily curiosity.
The idea of eavesdropping on space missions was born on the day of Sputnik 1 launch. The local radio reported that the Russians had launched the probe, while giving the frequency that it would probably broadcast. The amazement of the Cordiglia brothers must have been enormous when they were able to pick up a low signal by using home-made equipment. Coincidentally, over their hometown – Turin – were run orbits of objects shot by the Soviets. Moreover, it was the only such area in Western Europe. Successful siblings, decided since then to closely follow the cosmic race of powers.
The first receiver was built in their room with publicly accessible parts, a 6-meter folding antenna that they placed on the roof of one of the tallest buildings in Turin. In helping to decipher the Soviet reports, they helped a younger sister, who was very good at Russian. Shortly thereafter, the brothers began constructing a real-life listening station – they used a photo of a similar NASA facility. Soon their activity was interested in the media, and with them also an American interview, which began to cooperate with the brothers.
What they heard from Cordiglia allowed them to conclude that at least since the late 1950s. The Soviet Union tried to send crews into orbit. Conversations heard by the brothers explain why the world did not learn any of them – almost everyone ended up with a tragedy.
First woman in space
Officially on May 19, 1961, there were no humans in space, but the Cordiglia brothers recorded their most astounding message from Earth orbit. – You hear! Say something! It’s hot! Hot! Forty-five? What? Fifty? Yes Yes. Oxygen, oxygen … Hot. Is it … is not it dangerous? – Russian woman desperate woman. – Forty one. Yes. I feel hot. Hot – everything … everything is hot. I see the fire! Fire! Thirty two. Will i smash Yes, yes – I feel warm. Listen. I feel hot. I’ll be back in again. It’s hot! I go back? Will I come back ?! – The message broke off. The first cosmonaut – Valentine’s Tattoo – took her flight 2 years later. Who was the woman recorded by the brothers remains in the sphere of guesses. A few days after this incident, Cordiglia recorded a similar incident – the Soviet cosmonaut unsuccessfully called for help, probably burnt down during the re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Doomed to forget
The Soviet space program was only successful. All the failures were hush-hushed from the public, and the victims of the stellar race were condemned to oblivion. Cordiglia brothers have learned at least some of its participants who paid the highest price for their government’s aspirations. Politics in the USSR was very simple – cosmonauts should be successful or not exist at all.
In February 1961 the Soviet press agency reported the launch of an unmanned vehicle into space. According to the official plan, it was only a trial flight and the spacecraft was not supposed to return to Earth. This version, however, differs significantly from the Italians. At the same time, they recorded a signal they considered a hard-breathing person. Their assumption was confirmed later by an Italian cardiologist. Although the truth never comes to light, there is the supposition that the Cordiglia brothers recorded the last breath of one of the first Soviet cosmonauts.
The “technology development in Soviet aviation” was responsible for a specialized unit called Zero Division. It included the best Soviet pilots, including Yuri Gagarin. In the 1960s, at least eight of its members died in unexplained circumstances. Later on, the official propaganda has made every effort to keep them from losing their memory. The most obvious example of such activities is the eradication of dead flyers from souvenir photos.
In the course of a few years of operations, the Cordiglia brothers picked up signals from several spacecraft that had flopped off the course of the flight and never returned to Earth. In most cases, signals were also recorded showing that the crew was on board. Were they pilots of Branch Zero who died in mysterious circumstances?
Lonely S ..S.
One of the most mysterious discoveries Cordiglia made on November 28, 1960. Out of the received noise and crackling, the signal S ..S. transmitted from Earth orbit. However, he was very unusual – he did not come from an object that orbits the Earth, but one that slowly moves away from him. The call of help was becoming weaker every moment until it was gone. There are people claiming that the signal was sent by one of the Soviet cosmonauts, whose vehicle bounced off the earthly atmosphere. According to their calculations, an object that has been on a constant journey for more than 50 years, should be approaching the boundaries of the solar system.