Category: russia

November 17, 1970: The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on the Moon. It’s the first robotic rover to explore another world. Art by Andrei Sokolov.

“The Soviet space shuttle, when operational, will have many roles including the delivery of personnel and components to increasingly sophisticated manned Soviet space complexes.” From Soviet Military Power, 1985, published by the Department of Defense.

Soviet space propaganda, 1979: “We will group up and build a real space rocket!”

A lab-grown woolly mammoth roams the Siberian Arctic as scientists scoot around. Illustration by Kevin Tong.

(The Atlantic)

Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, published 1972.

Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed in the 1976 postcard set “Man in Space.” Here we see Americans and Soviets linked up in orbit during the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

Helicopters fly over (and under) the orbital city of the future. Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed on a 1982 postcard.

Soviet poster for Star Wars, illustrated by Yuri Boksyor, 1990.

“At the Poles of the Earth” postcards from the Soviet Union, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov, 1976.

Soviet postcards featuring space art by Andrei Sokolov, 1963-1980.