Lost in Space: What really happened to Russia's missing cosmonauts? An incredible tale of space hacking, espionage and death in the lonely reaches of space.
"There are those who believe that somewhere in the vast blackness of space, about nine billion miles from the Sun, the first human is about to cross the boundary of our Solar System into interstellar space. His body, perfectly preserved, is frozen at –270 degrees C (–454ºF); his tiny capsule has been silently sailing away from the Earth at 18,000 mph (29,000km/h) for the last 45 years. He is the original lost cosmonaut, whose rocket went up and, instead of coming back down, just kept on going." [Via]
is a site detailing the radio site at Torre Bert
, set up by Italian amateurs in 1959 to monitor the beginnings of the space race.
The Torre Bert station was regarded as a legitimate tracking station, however they then released recordings of dying cosmonauts
which were quickly denounced as exaggerations
, or outright conspiracy
. In 1991 Pravda admitted that Gagarin was not the first cosmonaut
. [more inside]