USSR

history, Science, space Why Soviet Union didn’t make it to Mars

11.03.2015 17:48    ,

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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.

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art, media, Religion, retro, space How Soviet media satirised religion by space allusions

03.02.2015 17:52    ,

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The first furrow in the virgin land of space.

Soviet Union had a lot iof religious satire, The Calvert Journal notes, as shown by selection of beautiful and weird space-themed cartoons from the 1960s.

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history, Science, space, video Sergei Korolev, The Chief Designer

01.02.2015 15:11    ,

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.

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art, retro, space 5 space-themed vintage Soviet postcards

26.01.2015 18:50    ,

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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.

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ephemera, marketing, retro Soviet print advertisements of 1950s

18.01.2014 03:09    ,

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Advertisements of various Soviet products – from lemonade and mineral water to alarm clocks and rubber boats – were published on the back pages of some issues of Ogonyok magazine beginning from the middle 1950s. The Soviet marketing always was one of my favorite topics so I’ve scanned 8 ads and now sharing those with readers of metkere.com. Seems as modern designers and copywriters can learn a lot from their Soviet colleagues from the middle of XX century. First page represents tea that ‘has pleasant taste and exquisite flavor’.

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