Draft:Rebuild of "Lost Cosmonauts" article
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Lost cosmonauts, or phantom cosmonauts, is a conspiracy theory/urban legend alleging that Soviet cosmonauts entered outer space, but without their existence having been acknowledged by either the Soviet or Russian space authorities. Several articles and books have been published on the subject, and recordings of ostensibly dying Soviet cosmonauts have been released.
First Wave: before Gagarin
Let's face it: Sputnik was a great shock to the collective West. On the Cold War wake, passage from total safety from Ravaging Russian Hordes to the possibility to be bombed by the same Ravaging Russian Hordes gave a lot of feeding ground to paranoidal assumptions. Total secrecy of the Soviet space program just added to that, causing a lot of rumors.
|Alexey Ledovsky||November 1st, 1957||Crash of manned ballistic missile at Kapustin Yar test grounds||Continental (Italy)|
|Sergey Shiborin||February 1st, 1958||Same as above||Continental (Italy)|
|Andrey Mitkov||January 1st, 1959||Same as above||Continental (Italy)|
|Maria Gromova||June 1st, 1959||Failed rocket plane test||Continental (Italy)|
|Gennady Mikhaylov||February 4th, 1960||Unspecified equipment failure||Associated Press (USA)|
|Vladimir Ilyushin||April 7th, 1960||Crash landing in Chinese territory||Daily Worker (Britain)|
|Gennady Zavodovsky||May 15th, 1960||Stranded in orbit due altitude control malfunction||Continental (Italy)|
|Ivan Kachur||September or October of 1960||Spaceship exploded on launchpad||Reuters (Britain)|
|Petr Dolgov||October 11th, 1960||Spaceship exploded in space||Associated Press (USA)|
|Alexey Belokonov||October of 1960, 1961, or 1962||Either suffocated or suffered fatal radiation poisoning||Either Corriere della Sera (Italy) or Readers Digest (USA)|
|Alexey Grachev||November 28th, 1960||Lost in space||Corriere della Sera (Italy)|
What've really happened?
- Alexey Ledovsky, Sergey Shiborin, Andrey Mitkov and Maria Gromova never existed.
- Gennady Mikhaylov, Gennady Zavodovsky, Ivan Kachur, Alexey Belokonev (sic) and Alexey Grachev were test techncians in the /*Institute of Airspace healthcare*/
- Vladimir Ilyushin, son of famous aircraft engineer and accomplished test pilot got severely injured in a car crash accident.
- Petr Dolgov, Hero of Soviet Union, died a year later after claimed expolsion of his spaceship.