Kapustin Yar (known today as Znamensk) is one of the Soviet Union’s first rocket launch and missile development sites. The test ground was established on May 13, 1946, and to mark its 70th anniversary Russia’s Defense Ministry has declassified revealing photographs of the site that offer a peak inside the top secret…
In the past few days, the whole proudly too-smart-for-this-bullshit web community has been chuckling at the latest Nigerian 419 scam, this one substituting the iconic prince for a lost cosmonaut. Interestingly, though, the scam actually is based on some real facts, reworked in an imaginative way. Let’s see if we can…
The band OK Go is probably best known for their complex, mind-twisting videos that make virologists wonder how they lost control of the word “viral.” Their latest video for the song Upside Down & Inside Out was shot entirely in an airplane flying in huge, zero-gravity simulating parabolas, and it’s astounding. The…
Soviet cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov was the first man who walked in space. It’s a lesser-known fact that he became an accomplished aerospace artist as well, just like his US colleague Alan Bean.
Russian photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs just published one of the saddest photoseries on space exploration. He managed to get inside an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where two Burans—the prototype space shuttles of the Russian space program—are slowly decaying in their burial crypt.
During the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment on its territory. Now we've gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures.
Across Russia and the Eastern Bloc, the Soviet side of the space race was celebrated in massive, colorful murals. And while some of them are starting to crumble, they still stand as inspiring visions of human progress.
In Stephen King's 1972 story "Battleground," a hitman ends up in a deadly battle against against a troop of toy soldiers, and in 1986, a Soviet animation studio turned it into a strangely lovely piece of science fiction noir.
These vehicle designs look like they were made for a Batman movie, or maybe a space adventure. They're the direct result of the futurist bent in Soviet design. And some of them are just insane. We've got a gallery.
Tekhnika Molodezhi, or "Technology for the Youth," is a Soviet and Russian monthly science magazine that's been published since 1933. Like its U.S. and French counterparts, Popular Mechanics or the Le Petite Journal, the magazine is famous for its spectacular covers—often depicting fantastic scenes from the possible…
It's almost tragic that Peter Jackson didn't go with this design for Gollum. However, it's completely understandable why the adorable Smaug didn't take off.
In 1961, Soviet architects built a model home to showcase the building materials of tomorrow. It probably wasn't a coincidence that it shared the streamlined design attributes of Monsanto's 1957 House of the Future, along with many other American Googie buildings.
When US-Soviet relationships were at their frostiest in the 1980s, there was no telling what sort of exotic threat was about to come roaring through Russia's Iron Curtain. That's where the Defense Intelligence Agency came in.
Nikolai Serebryakov made his short film Klubok (Ball of Yarn) in 1968, but it remains an evocative piece of animated folklore. A poor old woman discovers a magical ball of yarn, but she gets too greedy with her gift.
Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today.
A week ago, we featured a fresh, visually stunning Hungarian music video by Kerekes Band. The creator of this well animated video used Soviet stamps, postcards and posters from the 60s and 70s to create good-looking vintage space scenes.
Hungarian etno-funk (or what) group called Kerekes Band published the music video above a few days ago. I do not want to comment on the music (mix of traditional Hungarian instruments and rather simple dance basics, just not my cup of tea), but the visual is fine enough and you should give it a chance (maybe just turn…
Artists' impressions always played key role in promoting the ideas of space travel, forming our view of future, preparing people for the upcoming of manned or unmanned cosmic missions, spreading the visions of astronomical scientists and aerospace engineers.
Mad Men reintroduced us to the American advertising aesthetic of the 1960s, but they don't hold a candle to the visual wonder (and occasional oddity) of early Soviet and pre-Soviet print ads. Here are a few of our favorite ways advertisers peddled soap, tobacco, gunpowder, and more.
According to the fresh news from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory there is a chance that four pieces of hardware from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971 appear in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.