If the history of space exploration is of interest to you, there’s a very long but interesting read at the Fortean Times UK. It’s about the Russian space program in the late 50′s and early 60′s, and the two Italian brothers who intercepted radio transmissions to and from orbiting Russian spacecraft who allege they heard some of the missions end in disaster (disaster for the cosmonauts — the Soviet government didn’t seem to give a damn about anything other than finding the eavesdropping brothers).

What really happened to the missing cosmonauts?:

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.

Read it all here.

Incidentally, today marks the day that NASA was established.

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