0 This Day in History: July 22, 1951, First Live Animals Fly to Space

This Day in History: July 22, 1951, First Live Animals Fly to Space

On yesterday's date, 22 July 1951, first recorded live animals from the Earth has gone to space. Sixty-six years
ago two Russian dogs - Dezik (Daisy) and Tsigan (Gypsie) has landed a rocket and were fired into space.
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2 Pripyat: Before and After Photos

Pripyat: Before and After Photos

Those are the photos of seven locations in Pripyat before and after the nuclear accident in 1986. Almost thirty
years after city is abandoned and overgrown with bushes and trees, however it wasn't like this always.
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3 Soviet Sci-Fi Mag Predicts Future

Soviet Sci-Fi Mag Predicts Future

Soviet magazine "Tekhnika Molodezhi" ("Youth's Technics") was sort of Soviet "Popular Mechanics" mag. Was covering newest technological topics and also always tried to speak about technologies of the nearest future. Every issue of the mag tried to predict
how 21st century would look like. Here are some of the predictions. Let's start with the earliest magazine issues and gradually move forward to late 1970s to see how 21st century predictions changed as 20th century technologies evolved.
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2 A Few Pretty Interesting Facts About Soviet-Russian Space Suits

A Few Pretty Interesting Facts About Soviet-Russian Space Suits

    Today we share some facts about Soviet and Russian space suits, how
are they made, what purpose do they serve and what problems they solve.
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0 Russian robot Fyedor going to fly a spaceship

Russian robot Fyedor going to fly a spaceship

Russian scientists announced that the new Russian spaceship called "Federation" would be piloted by.. a robot. They call him Fyedor. Russian top space engineer Evgeny Mikrin said that Fyedor is going to put first Federation spaceship on the Earth orbit.  The first planned
robot manned mission is in year 2021. Robot Fyedor is already got a working prototype and it can do different tasks including walking, running, climbing and driving cars and also drilling holes. Let's see some more photos and a video of Fyedor in business:
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2 Interesting Story About MIR Space Station It’s Accidents, How It Was Almost Turned into a Sex Tourism Center and More

Interesting Story About MIR Space Station It’s Accidents, How It Was Almost Turned into a Sex Tourism Center and More

USSR rejected the idea of manned flight to the moon but instead concentrated its space focused efforts on building a long term space home. The MIR station stayed over fifteen years on the Earth orbit instead of three as initially was planned. Over ninety people visited this place.
It was called "great achievement of Russians". Let's see some more details on the famous space station. At one point it time it was even almost turned into a Sex Tourism center because male genitals work best in zero gravity. But let's start from beginning..
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11 A Sad Story of Yuri Gagarin Soviet Greatest Science Ship Beloved by Millions Betrayed by Ukraine

A Sad Story of Yuri Gagarin Soviet Greatest Science Ship Beloved by Millions Betrayed by Ukraine

Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet science flagship. Was built in Leningrad in 1971. It's 231 m long, and 32 m wide. Main engine has 14 000 kWt power. The crew is 136 people and also 220 scientists can travel and do their work. It has 1250 rooms, including 86 science labs. It was built to be able to communicate via satellites with all top important things in Russia.  It had served variety of tasks. Most mind blowing is to come to Pacific and track Soviet missiles that were fired
from USSR to the middle of nowhere in Pacific. Also to support communication with Soviet space objects - MIR station, Soyuz spaceships etc., when the coverage from on ground stations is poor it could go to any place in ocean and stay there linking Earth with space. It has 75 antennas, including two huge 25 m sat dishes. It could support itself autonomously in ocean for over than 120 days. Main Ocean was the Atlantic Ocean. Let's see more:
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3 Centrifuge that Costed Eleven Tons of Gold and Preparation for a Journey to the Stars in a Star City

Centrifuge that Costed Eleven Tons of Gold and Preparation for a Journey to the Stars in a Star City

This posting is devoted to the review of the routines Russian space travellers undergo before they reach for the stars. All the activities are happening in the "Star City" - 25 km
away from Moscow. This place trains space heroes since 1960. They strive to prepare them for all the dangers and possibilities of the space travel. Let's see how it goes.
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1 Excursion to the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Excursion to the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Miles of underground passages, particle accelerators, lasers, plasma generators and other wonders of science are in this report. Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics is the largest academic institution of the country, one of the world's leading centres in the field of high-energy physics and
accelerators, plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. The Institute carries out a large-scale experiments in elementary particle physics, modern accelerators, intense sources of synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers. For most of its areas, it is the only institute in Russia.
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3 Minsk vs IBM

Minsk vs IBM

Exactly 35 years ago, the first IBM PC in history went on sale, but long before that day — in the 1960's, one of the centers of Soviet Cybernetics was in Belarus. Let us remember the story of a family of computing machinery "Minsk" which won All-Union glory, and then lost it. The gap between the USSR and the western countries in the field of computer technology in the 1950's, according to the most optimistic estimates, was at least 10 years. Therefore, in August 1956, the decision of the USSR Council of Ministers was the start of the expansion of the production of
electronic computers across the country. The resolution also provided for the establishment of centres for their production, design and development, one of which was supposed to stay in the BSSR. Soon in Minsk, the Ordzhonikidze Plant was opened, and by 1958, the Special Design Bureau (SDB) was set up to support and upgrade the computer. Subsequently, the SDB was transformed into an independent design and research company - NIIEVM - which is still working to this day. "Minsk-1" - the first original Belarusian computer
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