Lost in space

March 04, 2011

An incredible story about two Italian brothers who, starting in 1957, hacked into Russia's non-public space program using homemade satellite dishes, and recorded things that the rest of the world wasn't meant to hear.

"Transmission begins now. Forty-one. Yes, I feel hot. I feel hot, it's all... it's all hot. I can see a flame! I can see a flame! I can see a flame! Thirty-two... thirty-two. Am I going to crash? Yes, yes I feel hot... I am listening, I feel hot, I will re-enter. I'm hot!"

The signal went dead.

One of the brothers:

"Fifty years ago… we were firing men and women into outer space who were prepared to die the loneliest of deaths. They were true heroes. And, thanks to radio, we know about their sacrifices." He patted a shelf full of recordings. "We must never forget them."

1) I can't believe I hadn't heard about this before; and 2) When does the movie come out?

Update: Mark Rhodes pointed me to a Skeptoid article that touches on some of this stuff. The article mentions a documentary about the two brothers titled Space Hackers, which is available on YouTube.

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