One of the most horrific and mysterious deaths in space is that of USSR cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, a close friend of Yuri Gagarin. Some historians say Komarov was sent to space in a craft that officials knew could never return.
The dog Laika, the first living being to orbit the Earth, lives on in our memories along with her lethal Sputnik 2 mission, on which she was an unwitting pioneer in the USSR's space program more than 57 years ago.
Almost 60 years ago, we took our first steps into the big, black nothingness of space. Or more specifically, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had the honor of taking the very first space-dip. But this was a rush job—a means for the Soviet Union to shame the US and win the space race once and for all. Which they did! …
The brothers Achille and Giovanni Judica-Cordiglia claim they recorded the voice of a Russian cosmonaut as her capsule burned in re-entry on November 1963. This short film contains that recording and dramatizes the events. No matter if it's true or not, the short film is terrifying.
Think about it. Really. Think about what you are looking at right now. That's Oleg Artemyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov—photographed today by Reid Wiseman—just doing their job, floating between Earth and the nothingness at 4.8 miles per second. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.
On April 8th, the New York City branch of Bonhams will be hosting a "Space History" auction, and Gizmodo has been given a preview of the some of the historically unique, space age artifacts that will be for sale. From full-body Soviet space suits to a control panel once used on the space station Mir, the range of…
Two Russian cosmonauts have just begun a seven-hour spacewalk to install equipment on the exterior of the International Space Station. Watch them, live — because no matter what you do, their work day is way cooler than yours.
While exciting in some ways—homecoming, yay!—the trip home from the International Space Station is a scary enough journey even when everything goes right. Now imagine doing it with no height sensors to tell you how far from the ground you are and when to brace for impact. That's exactly what happened earlier week.
Sex in space: Out of this world! Allegedly, I mean, as it's never been conducted by astronauts (in space, at least) or, as we learned this weekend courtesy the completely stuffy Russian government, cosmonauts:
By 1971, people had been in space. They'd even flown around the earth! But there'd never been a real home for humans in orbit—they went up, and they came down. That changed 40 years ago today.
I will give you some tips: There are two, and one of them is for the ladies.
Later this year, these two (pretend) cosmonauts, along with four other as-of-yet-unnamed crew members, will embark on an historic, 500 day (pretend) mission to Mars, evaluating man's ability to cope with the taxing journey to the Red Planet.