On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin successfully became the first human to enter space, completing a full orbit of our planet aboard the Vostok 1 capsule before returning to Earth.
Thus began the “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union, with the latter quickly taking the lead. But just a month later, the Americans evened the score by sending astronaut Alan Shepard into the sky on their first space mission.
The Russians, wanting to put the debate about the true masters of space to bed at the start of the race, then sent Gherman Titov on August 6, 1961 on the Vostok 2 mission to perform 17 orbits around our planet, which was again completed . with success.
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But between the two Russian launches, there would have been another Russian launch that would have involved sending the first woman into space. To our knowledge, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to visit space on the Vostok 6 mission on June 16, 1963, but some believe the Soviets actually sent another woman into space before that. she.
However, due to the failure of the mission, the Soviet Union reportedly denied that the mission ever happened in the first place.
In May 1961, the Soviets allegedly sent the unnamed woman into space. She was scheduled to return to Earth on May 23, but her attempt to reenter Earth’s atmosphere did not go well. An audio recording from an unverified source that has been circulating the internet supposedly shares the cosmonaut’s last words as she attempts to return.
In the audio we hear the cosmonaut say: “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’m hot, isn’t it dangerous?
The haunting audio continues: “That’s it… yeah… how is it? 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. That’s all…it’s hot. I feel hot.”
Towards the end of the audio, the woman becomes increasingly emotional saying, “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 crack? Yes. Yes. I feel hot. I feel hot! I’m going home.
It was at this point that the transmission was cut off and nothing more was heard from the cosmonaut. The conspiracy has it that his badly damaged ship was discovered on Earth three days later, but the cosmonaut was nowhere to be found.
The audio was reportedly recorded by two Italian amateur radio engineers, Achille and Giovanni Battista, known as the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, and released in November 1963.
The brothers had also claimed that several other Russian cosmonauts had been lost in space, with the two having released a number of similar recordings, although question marks remained over their authenticity.