Category: soviet union

A Soviet smartwatch on the cover of Tekhnika M…

A Soviet smartwatch on the cover of Tekhnika Molodezhi, March 1966. Illustration by A. Sumilina.

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen…

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen hang out in orbit during the joint US-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, July 17-18, 1975. The American astronauts were Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton. The Soviet cosmonauts were Alexey Leonov and Valery Kubasov. (NASA)

Flying into the future on the cover of Soviet …

Flying into the future on the cover of Soviet science magazine Tekhnika Molodezhi, 1965.

A Soviet probe swoops down to the Moon. 1966 p…

A Soviet probe swoops down to the Moon. 1966 postcard illustrated by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

“FOR THE GLORY OF COMMUNISM!” 1961…

“FOR THE GLORY OF COMMUNISM!” 1961 Soviet space propaganda, illustrated by E. Soloviov.

“At the Poles of the Earth” postca…

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

Soviets go everywhere on Earth and beyond, ill…

Soviets go everywhere on Earth and beyond, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, painted by Amir Nuriahmetovich Mazitov, 1964. She became the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshko…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space on June 16, 1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina T…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. On June 16, 1963, she soared to the heavens with the Vostok 6 mission and orbited the Earth 48 times, spending almost three days in space. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was inducted into the Soviet Air Force, but since the distinction was only honorary, she was the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, Tereshkova said that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.