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Achille (sitting) and Gian Battista Judica Cordiglia at Torre Bert
The Tracking Room at Torre Bert. At the peak of its activity in the 1960s, there was a volunteer staff of 20.
The Audio Processing System designed and built by the Judica Cordiglia brothers to improve the quality of the audio transmissions received from space.
Gian Battista Judica Cordiglia (sitting) and his brother Achille at Torre Bert. In the background can be seen the track charts for U.S. and soviet satellites.
The Lost Cosmonauts
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Creato da Giovanni Abrate (USA) e Mario Abrate (Italia)e vicende trattate in queste pagine espongono fatti di cui, per molto tempo, è stata cancellata ogni traccia e parlano di uomini la cui stessa esistenza è stata a lungo negata.
Nei primi anni sessanta, dalla collina di Torino nel nord Italia, due radioamatori, i giovani fratelli Achille e Giovanni Battista Judica-Cordiglia, con apparecchiature spesso autocostruite e con una genialità ed una fantasia non comuni, sondavano il cielo in cerca di segnali e suoni provenienti dallo spazio.
Era l’epoca della guerra fredda fra Est e Ovest ed erano gli anni delle prime esplorazioni spaziali, un nuovo terreno dove entrambe le superpotenze dovevano imporre la loro supremazia tecnologica, militare ed ideologica.
Una notte, nei primi giorni del 1961, qualche settimana prima dello storico volo di Yuri Gagarin, i due giovani italiani ascoltarono qualcosa di diverso dai soliti fruscii e segnali: ascoltarono qualcosa che avrebbe segnato per sempre le loro vite e che avrebbe rappresentato l’inizio di una nuova era per il genere umano.
Nel loro centro di ascolto di Torre Bert giunsero dallo spazio suoni chiari ed inequivocabili: un agonizzante battito cardiaco e gli ultimi, ansimanti respiri di un cosmonauta ormai prossimo alla morte.
Ancora oggi, in quest’epoca di comunicazione globale e di antenne satellitari, pochi conoscono questa storia su cui molto, negli anni, si e’ discusso.
Per molto tempo, le intercettazioni radio di Torre Bert hanno rappresentato una piccola ma scomoda spina nel fianco di quello che fu l’impero sovietico ed ancora oggi molti pregiudizi e mistificazioni faticano a morire.
Benvenuto in questo sito, quello che leggerai ed ascolterai in queste pagine non é che autentica realta’ storica minuziosamente e scientificamente documentata.
Una trasmissione di RAI RADIOUNO diretta da Gianluca Nicoletti
6 aprile 1999
Many names have emerged over the years of Cosmonauts who allegedly perished in space, or disappeared suddenly from the scene.
These names come from a wide variety of sources, some more reliable than others. They are offered here without comment nor proof of their true existence.
It is likely, however, that the names of the people whose voice and heartbeat were received by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers may be found among those on the list.
Presumed lost in Sub-Orbital Flights
Presumed lost in a Winged Rocket-powered Aircraft
Presumed lost in Orbital Flights
Presumed lost during Cosmonaut Training
Expelled from the Cosmonauts Corps or suddenly disappeared from the scene
A FOOTNOTE FROM HAVANA
In September of 1980 a Cuban “guest cosmonaut”, Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, was launched aboard the “Soyuz 38” capsule. After his successful flight, he received a heros welcome back in Havana.
Fidel Castro gave a moving speech, in which he described his visit to the Cosmonaut Training Center in Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City). He had been greatly impressed by the faithful reproduction of Yuri Gagarins office, where, on the eve of their space missions, cosmonauts go to meditate. In a continuing tradition, they leave on Gagarin’s desk a letter in which they pledge to honor and uphold the great tradition of valor of the soviet cosmonauts who have preceded them. The office is exactly how it was at the time of Gagarins death on March 27, 1968: his notes are still on the desk, his appointment book lies open on the table, his uniform hangs from the clothes-stand, all the clocks are stopped at the exact hour of his accident.
Castro went on to describe another room, that he called the “room of martyrs”. Access to this room is strictly controlled. On the walls of the room are the photographs of all the cosmonauts who have given their lives in the course of the soviet space program. Castro was deeply moved by the display of heroism presented in this very special shrine; he added: “Many are the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the beginning of the space age!”
|he thick curtain of secrecy and deceipt covering the early soviet space program has endured for over forty years. The early “Raketoplan” rocket-powered aircraft flights, the sub-orbital launches and the first manned orbital missions have all been pushed into forced oblivion by the state censors of a country that no longer exists.
The new Russia and the countries in the Russian Federation have embraced freedom and democracy and are struggling to free themselves of the old shackles, in a new push for “transparency” in state affairs. The first breakthroughs are finally occurring.Dr. Serghei Khruschev, the son of former soviet leader Nikita Khruschev has recently become a citizen of the United States. During the years of the space race, he worked for Vladimir Chelomei, Chief Rocket Designer in charge of development of boosters and space vehicles. Khruschev is currently a research fellow at Brown University.
He has provided evidence that supports the existence of the unofficial missions of the 1960s. Other former soviet officials who have contributed information about these early missions include Col. Yuri Lyzlov and Capt. Anatoli Grushenko, formerly of the SSRF (Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces) and directly involved in the soviet space program during the 60s and 70s.
They participated directly in the the preparations for Vladimir Ilyushins spaceflight and they witnessed the launch of the capsule “Rossyia”. They have recounted those events in recent television interviews.It is interesting to note the reaction of some well-known western “experts” on soviet space history to the revelations that are coming out of the Russian Federation.
These “experts” have built their reputation on their interpretation of the soviet space program and they now blindly refuse to examine this new evidence. In the internet newsgroup dedicated to space history, these respected writers have launched personal attacks against the authors of this website; instead of looking at the evidence with an open mind, they attempted to ridicule our sources, resorted to name calling and even to anti-italian slurs.
In a public show of their spineless character, some of these “experts” have not had the courage to use their real names, preferring instead to hide behind a pseudonym. So much for having the courage of their convictions!
Some of these “experts” were recently invited to debate the issue on television in the presence of some of the prominent former soviet space program officials who are now living in the West and who have provided material that sheds light on those early, secret space missions. The fact that they ignored the invitation comes as no surprise to the author of the present notes.
We invite debate and welcome constructive comments and contributions. All our website visitors can contact us personally via email: well reply to every message.
Finally, we are providing a link to an open letter sent by Dr. E.H. Haimoff, producer of a program recently shown on the PBS network in the U.S. entitled “The Cosmonaut Cover-up“.