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The Theory of the Lost Cosmonauts

By: Daniel Seaman


     The United State’s history is riddled with unexplainable and crazy events such as UFO sightings, psychic powers and government conspiracy’s.

     Russia has been causing problems in Europe recently and it this country, like the United States, has many popular conspiracy theories. On of the more popular stories surrounds the cloudy information we have about their space program. This theory states that soviet cosmonauts entered outer space but the Russian government never disclosed the truth behind this event. People who believe the lost cosmonauts theory believe that Yuri Gagarin was the first man to survive a spaceflight. They also believe that the Soviet Union attempted two or more launches prior to Gagarin. The believers are also very adamant that at least two of the cosmonauts died attempting to reach outer space.

     The theory of the lost cosmonauts begins in Italy with a pair of brothers named Achille and Giovanni Judica-Cordiglia.  The brothers were amateur radio operators and had already become well known for picking up transmissions from Sputnik and even the heartbeats of the Soviet space dog, Laika, on board Sputnik II. Laika herself later became a lost cosmonaut.

     On November 28, 1960, the brothers were alerted by something strange.  There was an East German observatory that announced that they had picked up a strange signal on the Soviet space frequencies.  When the Cordiglias tuned into that frequency they picked up what sounded like a hand-keyed SOS signal.  The most disturbing thing about the signal is that it showed almost no relative speed, which could only mean one thing; It was on a direct course away from the planet.  As the brothers listened, the signal grew weaker until it finally faded out. The brothers had apparently just discovered evidence that a Soviet space capsule had gone off course and drifted permanently into outer space with a cosmonaut on board.

     Two months later, the brothers detected another transmission.  This time, it seemed to be the labored breaths of an unconscious man and a heartbeat.  When they played the recording for their father, a cardiologist, he believed that the heartbeat was of a man suffering cardiac arrest. Two days later, the Soviets announced the failed re-entry of a large unmanned spacecraft.

     In April of 1961, the brothers picked up the transmissions of Yuri Gargarin, the official first person to orbit the Earth. In May of 1961, they picked up a new transmission.  It was a woman's voice speaking in Russian.  Although she seemed calm and professional, her tone became louder and more panicked as the transmission continued until the transmission disappeared. The translation came out as, "Isn't this dangerous, Talk to me, our transmission begins now. I feel hot. I can see a flame. Am I going to crash? Yes. I feel hot, I will re-enter..."

     Also another cosmonaut that they look at is Vladimir Llyushin who is believed to have gone to space first. But it is believed that he sailed off course when reentering and was captured by the Chinese government. Both the Soviets and the Chinese suppressed the information to prevent bad publicity during the cold war.

     Russia during the Cold War was a torrent of secrets.  It is well documented that there were cosmonaut deaths prior to Gargarin's flight and it is also well known that Grigoriy Nelyubov, a cosmonaut who committed suicide in 1966 after being removed from the program had his records permanently erased. He was airbrushed from photographs, and his medical and service records edited. Nelyubov's involvement in the program was not brought to light until 1986. It is thought by believers of the lost cosmonaut theory that the USSR lost as many as eleven people.





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