lunes, 10 de diciembre de 2012

Ivan Ivanovich & The Soviet Space Programme (2012)








Korabl-Sputnik 6, or Vostok Zero as it is also known, was launched at 06:06:06 UTC on 1st April 1961, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, piloted by Colonel Ivan Ivanovich - a cosmonaut whose name has been entirely expurgated from even the most restricted secret records of the Soviet Space Programme. During the launch, the Vostok-K carrier rocket, which had only ever been intended to place the spacecraft into low earth orbit, malfunctioned, and instead sent Vostok Zero hurtling off into outer space, on a trajectory that would eventually carry it far beyond our solar system. The very existence of the ill-fated flight of the first man in space has of course never been officially acknowledged by either the Soviet or Russian authorities – and yet this remarkable recording, of Ivanovich's final transmission, before radio contact with him was lost altogether, stands as a testament to his tragic and untold story.

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