Science fiction writers were the pioneers of Mars exploration. In the early 1920s, Alexei Tolstoy wrote a novel about the socialist revolution attempt on Mars sparked by Soviet cosmonauts. In 1924, the novel was brought to the Silver screen. Read More
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
The Meridian-series communication satellite was launched aboard a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket earlier Friday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The Soyuz-2 suffered a malfunction during the third stage and the satellite came down in Novosibirsk region in Siberia.