Salyut 7: The Last and Longest-Running Soviet Space Station (Until Mir)

By the latter half of the Space Race between the United States and the USSR, focus had shifted from simply putting people into orbit to seeing how long they could stay up there. And while the U.S. won the sprint to the moon, it was actually the Russians who won the endurance test with the Salyut 7 space station. » 10/07/14 11:40am 10/07/14 11:40am

Inside the Former Soviet Union's Secret Nuclear Test Cities

Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan. » 9/12/14 11:54am 9/12/14 11:54am

Old KGB Radio Intercept Stations Are Still Operational and Listening

We recently learned that the NSA is definitely watching us, and as it turns out, our Soviet Big Brother is spying on us too. Intelligence historian Matthew Aid discovered through declassified CIA documents that Russia still has a massive network of former KGB listening stations that are actively eavesdropping. And… » 7/09/13 8:43am 7/09/13 8:43am

Tons of Hackers Are Hanging Out in Old Soviet Cyberspace

The Internet is a huge place. Some parts of it are awesome, but others are...less so. And falling squarely in that latter category is the ancient .su domain, once the cyberhome of the Soviet Union. It's not exactly well maintained, or well policed, which is why more and more online criminals are using it as a hideout. » 6/01/13 12:00pm 6/01/13 12:00pm

12 Reasons Why the USSR Never Got to the Moon

While the Saturn V made headlines shuttling American astronauts to the moon, the Soviet N1 rocket was made famous for a slightly different reason—when it blew up on takeoff it resulted in the largest, non-nuclear, man-made explosion of all time. This week's Oobject showcases the N1 and 11 other pieces of Soviet Moon… » 6/15/12 1:00pm 6/15/12 1:00pm