Ballet and space were considered to be showcases of the Soviet Union. In modern Russia, ballet is rarely mentioned but space news regularly makes 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 the early 1960s. 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 Soviet Union had some problems, but one thing they got right was space art. io9 published gallery of adorable postcards from the USSR made by artists who boldly imagined future life in outer space. 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.