All posts by “Elia Kabanov

Why Soviet Union didn’t make it to Mars

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Ballet and space were considered to be showcases of the Soviet Union. In modern Russia ballet is rarely mentioned but space news regularly make the headlines. Russia and China are negotiating joint projects of Mars and Venus exploration, as Russian Federal Space Agency official declared last year. Not sure if space official is aware, but the USSR had similar plans in early 1960s. Read More

Marketing of education in Novosibirsk University: freshmen, graduates and Instagram

Motivational video for freshmen and English-speaking audience, lectures of professors from European universities and student photo contest on Instagram – Novosibirsk State University (NSU) actively engaged in marketing of education. Speaker of one of the events in which I participated last summer said that he had heard of only two Russian universities – Moscow State University and Higher School of Economics. If NSU not to slow down, you may receive a third university on the list. Read More

Sergei Korolev, the chief designer

Most people have never heard of him during his lifetime. Before his death he was often referred to only as The Chief Designer, because the Soviet leadership feared that the United States would send agents to assassinate him. Engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev quietly developed the revolutionary rocket technology that we still use today. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics. Read More