Some have called it the “ultimate” Cold War-era urban legend. It is a story of two space programs: but rather than those of Soviet Russia and the United States, this tale involves the theory that apart from Russia’s “public” program, there was much that it also kept hidden away in the world of black projects.
In the early years of the Space Race, a pair of Italian brothers began to intercept strange transmissions from within a makeshift command center outside Turin, Italy, where they claimed to have recorded evidence of Soviet space missions that went horribly wrong. If true, such claims could shed new light on the hidden history of space exploration, and the grim lengths that some were willing to go to, which might have included Russian cosmonauts who went into space… and never came back.
Were secret space missions carried out by the USSR that led to cosmonauts being lost in space? This week, we go in search of answers to the secrets of the Soviet space program.
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- NEWS: A Student Just Proved Paradox-Free Time Travel Is Possible
- ‘Grand claims’ of life on Venus lack evidence, skeptics say
- LOST IN SPACE: The Lost Soviet Cosmonauts
- The Story of “Italy’s Amazing Space Watchers”
- A Skeptical Take on Lost Cosmonaut Rumors
- Notes on the space tracking and sensational claims of the Judica-Cordiglia brothers
- Phantoms in Space: James Oberg Investigates
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