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Modern Space Horror Stories – Death of a Cosmonaut

Recently I’ve been watching these top 10 and top 15 lists, and some of them led me to some horror stories in the history of our space programs.  It’s worth noting because even with Grubbian physics, some of these dangers are still a potential risk for spelljammers.  And certainly the legacy of surviving those sorts of risks is something we, as fans of space travellers, should remember.  I’ll be posting a series of these over the next few days, so if you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid this series.

Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в; IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr mʲɪˈxaɪləvʲɪtɕ kəmɐˈrof]; 16 March 1927 – 24 April 1967) was a Soviet test pilot, aerospace engineer and cosmonaut in the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960. He was one of the most highly experienced and well-qualified candidates accepted into “Air Force Group One”. . . . His spaceflight on Soyuz 1 made him the first Soviet cosmonaut to fly into outer space more than once, and he became the first human to die on a space mission—he was killed when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed after re-entry on 24 April 1967 due to a parachute failure.[1] However, because he died when the capsule crashed into ground, he is not considered the first human fatality in outer space.  (Source: Wikipedia)

The audio recording in the video above was purportedly recorded by an American observation station in Turkey.  In the recording, Komarov was heard to be cursing in rage at the people who perhaps knowingly “put him inside a botched spaceship” as he crashed towards the earth.  A rather chilling tale is told at Rare Historical Photos about a government desperate to display their power, a bunch of engineers and bureaucrats too scared to point out the design flaws they saw to their superiors, and a man who went on a doomed mission to save a friend; along with this photo of his open casket funeral, which, according to the story, had been his dying wish, so that the people responsible could look at what they had done.

Soviet military officials view the remains of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Courtesy of Rare Historical Photos.

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Modern Space Horror Stories – Columbia’s Final Moments

Recently I’ve been watching these top 10 and top 15 lists, and some of them led me to some horror stories in the history of our space programs.  It’s worth noting because even with Grubbian physics, some of these dangers are still a potential risk for spelljammers.  And certainly the legacy of surviving those sorts of risks is something we, as fans of space travellers, should remember.  I’ll be posting a series of these over the next few days, so if you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid this series.

Of course there were just as many American disasters as there were Russian ones.  I remember watching the Challenger disaster live in my school classroom.  And in 2003, the Columbia was destroyed on re-entry, shelving the space shuttle program.  Here are the final minutes before the signal was lost on re-entry captured on video:

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Modern Space Horror Stories – The Lost Cosmonauts

Recently I’ve been watching these top 10 and top 15 lists, and some of them led me to some horror stories in the history of our space programs.  It’s worth noting because even with Grubbian physics, some of these dangers are still a potential risk for spelljammers.  And certainly the legacy of surviving those sorts of risks is something we, as fans of space travellers, should remember.  I’ll be posting a series of these over the next few days, so if you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid this series.

The Judica-Cordiglia brothers were a pair of Italian amateur radio operators who established an enormous antenna and radio station in the 1960s to monitor space program transmissions.  They picked up several unexplained and haunting transmissions from both official and unofficial launches; unless, of course, they were hoaxsters.  You decide.  Here’s a clip detailing some of the information about the persistent theory surrounding the Lost Cosmonauts whose last words they may have discovered.  The SOS signal haunts me the most.

Listening closely to the video, you will hear that Vladimir Ilyushin allegedly may have been the first cosmonaut; however, it should be noted that official records say that Ilyushin was a test pilot who was injured in a car accident and went to China for treatment.  The brothers have no audio recordings of a mission by Ilyushin even though that’s implied by the progression of the sequence.

One aspect that gives some credibility to the brothers was the fact that they recorded Yuri Gagarin’s historic mission before it was officially announced (which didn’t happen until he had safely returned to Earth).  But critics rightfully point out that the Russians did not produce a manned craft that would be able to leave Earth’s atmosphere until 1969.  However, this could represent the lack of the brothers’ understanding of space flight or confusion in the language or the style of the writers.  A small miscalculation, losing control of the craft, or bouncing off of the atmosphere could send a cosmonaut into a widely elliptical or extended orbit, and while “veering off into deep space” is probably almost impossible, I doubt it would make that much effective difference to a cosmonaut with oxygen enough for three days if the new orbit meant he wouldn’t be returning to Earth for three weeks!

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Modern Space Horror Stories – Last Transmission of a Lost Cosmonaut

Don’t go searching around YouTube at night. It’s dangerous.

Recently I’ve been watching these top 10 and top 15 lists, and some of them led me to some horror stories in the history of our space programs.  It’s worth noting because even with Grubbian physics, some of these dangers are still a potential risk for spelljammers.  And certainly the legacy of surviving those sorts of risks is something we, as fans of space travellers, should remember.  I’ll be posting a series of these over the next few days, so if you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid this series.

The Judica-Cordiglia brothers were a pair of Italian amateur radio operators who established an enormous antenna and radio station in the 1960s to monitor space program transmissions.  In 1961 they found themselves receiving a weird transmission from a distressed Russian woman (the accent has been identified as East Russian).  It sounds like someone trying to get the attention of a ground control operative burning up on re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere.  Debunkers correctly point out that a period of radio silence is an expected part of re-entry, so how is it even possible to have such a transmission?  However, listening closely to the audio and analyzing the monologue, it would appear that something started on fire just before re-entry was attempted, and the transmission cut off just as re-entry would have taken place.  No official space missions were scheduled at that time and the woman has never been identified.  The Russian government has officially denied this, and even when the Soviet Union fell and many formerly classified documents were publicly released, much of the early space program’s significant documents were simply nowhere to be found.

If this recording is genuine, this unsung heroine would be the first human woman in space.

Translation of the audio appears below the video.  I’m not saying whether or not I believe it, but it’s downright creepy to listen to:

five…four…three …two…one…one
two…three…four…five…
come in… come in… come in…
LISTEN…LISTEN! …COME IN!
COME IN… COME IN… TALK TO ME!
TALK TO ME!… I AM HOT!… I AM HOT!
WHAT?… FORTYFIVE?… WHAT?…
FORTYFIVE?… FIFTY?…
YES…YES…YES… BREATHING…
BREATHING… OXYGEN…
OXYGEN… I AM HOT… (THIS)
ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS?… IT’S ALL…
ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS?… IT’S ALL…
YES…YES…YES… HOW IS THIS?
WHAT?… TALK TO ME!… HOW SHOULD I
TRANSMIT? YES…YES…YES…
WHAT? OUR TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTYONE… THIS WAY… OUR
TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTYONE… THIS WAY… OUR
TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW…
FORTYONE… YES… I FEEL HOT…
I FEEL HOT… IT’S ALL… IT’S HOT…
I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT…
… I CAN SEE A FLAME!… WHAT?…
I CAN SEE A FLAME!… I CAN SEE A
FLAME!…
I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… THIRTYTWO…
THIRTYTWO… FORTYONE… FORTYONE

AM I GOING TO CRASH?… YES…YES… I FEEL HOT!…
I FEEL HOT!… I WILL REENTER!… I WILL REENTER…
I AM LISTENING!… I FEEL HOT!…

 

 

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Arkkel‘zeer, les nécrolithes éveillées

Les voyages de Deryn Naythas

Sphère de cristal : Oss-Kyessat

Type de monde : Amorphe rocheux

Taille : C (diamètre équatorial de 847km)

Rotation : Aucune

Révolution : Aucune

Lunes : Aucune

Population : 2 873 Saadrah, 4 839 Nybarii

Trame magique : Vacuu renforcée, magie profane dominante

Jadis partie intégrante d’un monde tellurique, Arkkel’zeer fut projeté dans les Confins par la force d’un cataclysme à l’échelle cosmique. Peu après le début de l’Âge des Prétendants, une flottille Saadrah découvrit le planétoïde, où existait les vestiges d’un sanctuaire Clydön. Une cabale impériale avait longuement étudiée le vortex d’Oss, avant de disparaître.

Depuis lors, ce monde fut toujours occupé, et de grands ouvrages magiques permirent de le rendre habitable. Son noyau est un orbe d’une matière noire, huileuse, se cristallisant pour donner d’impressionnants nécrolithes, véritables monument d’énergie négative solidifiée. Ceux qui résident en ce lieu sont tous affectés par les pierres noires, qui peuvent redevenir liquide à tout…

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Auditions for Spelljammer My Little Pony FIM animated series

Okay, so this came out more than three years ago, and I see very little actual “Spelljammer” stuff in it, but it’s a promo for what’s got to be the absolutely geekiest, nerdiest thing I’ve ever heard of – which makes it absolutely awesome!  I don’t know if it ever got made or if they’re still taking auditions, but just in case, here you go: