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.
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…
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.
In the early 1960s, when ICBMs were still in their developmental infancy, the Soviet Union figured its best option for delivering a nuclear strike was to build an intercontinental supersonic bomber. Fortunately, they only got the second half right.
Back in 1951, the Soviet Union started the construction of the Tangansky Protected Command Point, a secret 75,000-square-foot (7,000 square metres) military complex located 213 foot (65 meters) under Moscow's streets, near the Taganskaya subway station.
Coming out of WWII, America's Air Force was the undisputed champ of the skies. That all changed during the Korean War when Soviet forces unveiled the MiG-15, a sprightly swept-wing interceptor that would go on to spark decades of dogfights.
When you think of super sonic flight, you probably first think of the Concorde. But that wasn't the first super sonic transporter and it certainly wasn't the first commercial plane break the sound barrier. Those honors belong to the Tupolev TU-144, the USSR's only super sonic transport.
When the Spruce Goose was still just a twinkle in Howard Hughes' eye, Russia was quietly constructing the largest propeller-powered plane to ever leave the ground.
The name of this God's forgotten place is Object 825 GTS, a top secret Cold War nuclear submarine underground base located in the Balaklava Bay, Crimea, Ukraine.
These fabrics mostly speak for themselves, but skinny is that these fabrics are Soviet era textiles from the 1920-1930 period of Russia's history. And while awesome, the industrial, work-obsessed imagery on display here is hardly subtle.
Vladimir Komarov, a cosmonaut, knew he was going to die when he left Earth for space on the Soyuz 1. His friend Yuri Gagarin, the first human to reach outer space, knew Komarov would too. But Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Revolution with a…
I look at the Soviet plans to go to the Moon and I wonder if they secretly contracted the Marx Brothers to design it. I guess it's easy to say that with hindsight—look at the Apollo program—but couldn't they really see that this was not a very smart option?
Working in any hazardous factory isn't a treat, but at least you aren't met with these horrifying posters, which make it seem like you could be impaled or electrocuted at any moment. That hair-in-drill one looks like it REALLY HURTS.
In the mid-1970s, the Soviets conceived of the Buran program as their answer to NASA and the U.S. Space Shuttle program. Though the ambitious project faltered after only one unmanned flight, many of its remnants still stand spectacularly today.
A gigantically excessive former Airship Hangar built on a Soviet Base in Berlin has found new life as a gigantically excessive water park. It's like a man-made island inside with a water slide that propels people up to 44mph.