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Istochnikov



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Istochnikov, Ivan (-1968) Russian phantom cosmonaut, reported lost aboard Soyuz 2, an unmanned spacecraft that was the docking target for Soyuz 3. Actually an elaborate 1998 modern art exercise by Joan Fontcuberta. Casual Internet surfers took it to be a real person.

Ivan Istochnikov, and his faithful dog Kloka, were reported lost aboard Soyuz 2, the 'unmanned spacecraft' that was the docking target for Soyuz 3. The whole thing was the subject of a very elaborate modern art exercise by Joan Fontcuberta, which included digital photo manipulation, 'artifacts' of the mission, and book-length biographies-histories (with numerous historical-technical errors). The exhibit was initially displayed at the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona in 1998. Certain articles were purchased and exhibited later at Brown University. The web site noted subtly - red letters on red background - that the work was 'pure fiction'. This did not prevent the story from being taken up as the truth. The Mexican magazine Luna Cornea, Number 14, January-April 1998, p. 58, already displayed the photos and tragic story of the mission as the unalloyed truth. The theme was later taken up at a web site in Amsterdam on 22 March, 2001. The author pleads for the world to recognise Istochnikov's valliant sacrifice on the occasion of the crash of Mir to earth.

As for the origin of the name 'Ivan Istochnikov': Istochnik is the russian word for 'fountain', and the artist's name Joan (John-Juan-Ivan) Fontcuberta mean 'covered fountain' in Occitan-Catalan.

Died: 1968.10.25.

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  • Phantom Cosmonaut Over the years the Western press named a number of cosmonauts that were never acknowledged by the Soviet Union. Most were said to have died in space. More...

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1968 October 25 - .
  • Death of Ivan Istochnikov. Reported died aboard Soyuz 2, 25 October 1968. - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Istochnikov. Summary: Russian phantom cosmonaut, reported lost aboard Soyuz 2, an unmanned spacecraft that was the docking target for Soyuz 3. Actually an elaborate 1998 modern art exercise by Joan Fontcuberta. Casual Internet surfers took it to be a real person..

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