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

2 Rare Transport Aircraft VM-T Atlant

Rare Transport Aircraft VM-T Atlant

With the advent of a space-rocket transport system Energy - Buran it became necessary to transport certain large components to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Ministry of Mechanical Engineering held a meeting on this issue. VM-T "Atlant" (3M-T) is a heavy transport aircraft Options such as building factories directly in Baikonur, or a special train (or car)
track, or building a navigable channel leading to Baikonur, or the creation of an airship, were not appropriate. It was assumed, for example, to carry components with two helicopters, however, the Aviation Agency said that the cargo could easily be dropped. It was decided to carry the load on the back of VM-T "Atlant" (3M-T).

12 Russian rocket launched from Cosmodrome Vostochny for the first time

Russian rocket launched from Cosmodrome Vostochny for the first time

Today the rocket was launched from newly built Russian spaceport "Cosmodrome Vostochny" for
the first time. Russian airplane photographer Marina was there and made those photos.

0 Eyes and Ears of Vostochny Spaceport

Eyes and Ears of Vostochny Spaceport

So, you probably aware as of now that Russia is building a new space cosmodrome in Russian Far East to be able to be independent from Cosmodrome Baikonur. Baikonur was a Soviet space ship launch site but after USSR collapsed it stayed with Kazakhstan. So now Russia pays huge annual fees to Kazakhstan to use it. But in 2023
they plan to be fully independent with their own space port. First launches are planned this year, and manned flights in 2023. Here are some photos of the "eyes and ears" of the place - the satellite dishes to establish links, collect information and etc for the scientists here. Let's see the photos.

0 Russian Crab Growers

Russian Crab Growers

As Russian blogger and photographer Alexander says, this is the only Russian sea crab growing operation existing now. It is based in the Russian
far east and was organized by the Russian Fish and Ocean Institute. They grow crabs in the shallow waters, and this is how they do it:

0 Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

This is a small but rather interesting exposition in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Zhitomir, Ukraine. Basically, now Ukraine is a country without its own space program, so it's a Museum of Soviet Cosmonautics rather than of just Ukrainian Cosmonautics (which is non-existent). Why then
Zhitomir? Because it's the birthplace of the "father of Soviet Russian cosmonautics" - Sergei Korolev, creator of the first Soviet rockets including the one which first took man into space. Thanks to the blogger Komariv we have a chance to see the exposition now!

1 Criminal Police of St Petersburg in the Early Soviet Era and Beyond

Criminal Police of St Petersburg in the Early Soviet Era and Beyond

This photoset explores in detail the work and hard days of the criminal police during the early era of St. Petersburg - the second biggest Russian city. The city, which was a base
for the famous Dostoevski novel, Crime and Punishment, for sure was in need of a good investigative service to protect the citizens. So here is how it all started...

3 In The Woods there is an Abandoned Buran Shuttle  Made of Wood

In The Woods there is an Abandoned Buran Shuttle Made of Wood

This early prototype body is completely made of wood! Something we've never
seen before - a space shuttle made out of wooden planks and plywood.
4 Space is Near

Space is Near

Ladies and gentlemen, please let me to remind you during these Easter weekend that space is really much closer to us
than we often realize. Especially in Russia. Inside there is a full set - click on the images to see full size.

1 Tubed Food of Soviet Cosmonauts

Tubed Food of Soviet Cosmonauts

A guy has visited a museum and made a photos of the tubed food Soviet cosmonauts used to eat while orbiting the Earth. Basically, this kind of "food out of tubes" was legendary especially among kids - everyone wanted to try those, but very few actually could get a grip on the tubes as they were strictly for the
cosmonauts. Here, a few photos of what actually they looked like - like the ones on top include "Borsch" "Meat with veggies" "Russian sour soup made from sauerkraut". What else did cosmonauts eat? A lot - including a tubed vodka and coffee. Yes, even the booze was legal for them. See more inside:

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