This bizarre tape recording features a Soviet astronaut’s eerie last moments in space – which is still unexplained to this day.
In the early 1960’s Russia sent the first woman into space – in a mission that went horribly wrong when she tried to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. To this day nobody has been able to explain the disturbing recording (below).
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As the story goes, the Soviets planned to launch this mission before the Americans could send up their own astronaut to circle the Earth (John Glenn finally achieved this flight on February 20, 1962). The next manned Vostok orbital lauch allegedly took place on May 16, 1961, and the capsule reportedly achieved an incredible 17 circuits around the Earth — but before the craft could re-enter the atmosphere, it seems something went horribly wrong.
Details are sketchy as to the exact nature of the malfunction, but by the time re-entry was attempted, a full week had passed, the ship’s oxygen supplies were nearly depleted, and according to the only known (alleged) documentation of the mission, the cosmonaut’s final moments were truly horrifying.
This account comes from the Judica-Cordiglia Brothers — a pair of amateur radio operators (actual names Achille and Giovanni Battista) based in an abandoned bunker outside of Turin, Italy, who claimed to have repeatedly eavesdropped on communications and data exchange between several Vostok craft and Soviet Mission Control. The brothers reportedly recorded and translated the unnamed cosmonaut’s desperate final words with mission staff on Earth, and later offered a transcript of what happened in those fatal minutes before the capsule burst into flames in the upper atmosphere.
Another shocking revelation from this alleged recording is that the cosmonaut’s voice is clearly female — which, if this account is factual, reveals the fate of the first woman into space.
Excerpts from the translated transcript are posted below, followed by what is claimed to be the actual Judica-Cordiglia recording of the cosmonaut’s final minutes.
LISTEN… LISTEN! COME IN! COME IN… COME IN… TALK TO ME! TALK TO ME! I AM HOT… I AM HOT! WHAT? FORTY- FIVE? WHAT? FORTY-FIVE? FIFTY? YES… YES… BREATHING… BREATHING… OXYGEN… OXYGEN… I AM HOT… ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS? IT’S ALL… YES… HOW IS THIS? WHAT? TALK TO ME! HOW SHOULD I TRANSMIT? YES… WHAT? OUR TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW… FORTY-ONE… THIS WAY… YES… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… IT’S ALL… IT’S HOT… I FEEL HOT… I CAN SEE A FLAME… I CAN SEE A FLAME! I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… THIRTY-TWO… THIRTY-TWO… FORTY-ONE… AM I GOING TO CRASH? YES… YES… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT! I WILL RE-ENTER…
Be warned: the following audio content may be upsetting to sensitive listeners.
Though official Soviet news agency TASS released no information on this particular mission, they did report the explosive re-entry of a large space vehicle on May 26, 1961 — three days after the Vostok burnup was believed to have occurred — but did not reveal any further details.
Further Judica-Cordiglia recordings are said to reveal the fates of several other failed Russian missions… all of which were dismissed as false by Soviet media, and even today the Russian government continues to deny the validity of these accounts.