Tour Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport

Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today. » 8/04/13 2:00pm 8/04/13 2:00pm

The Soviet Union's space-themed stamps will make you love Cosmonauts

A week ago, we featured a fresh, visually stunning Hungarian music video by Kerekes Band. The creator of this well animated video used Soviet stamps, postcards and posters from the 60s and 70s to create good-looking vintage space scenes. » 6/10/13 6:37pm 6/10/13 6:37pm

This New Music Video Recycles Soviet Space Imagery Quite Well

Hungarian etno-funk (or what) group called Kerekes Band published the music video above a few days ago. I do not want to comment on the music (mix of traditional Hungarian instruments and rather simple dance basics, just not my cup of tea), but the visual is fine enough and you should give it a chance (maybe just turn… » 5/30/13 1:14pm 5/30/13 1:14pm

Dog space suits for the earliest canine cosmonauts

Even before Laika set paw in Sputnik 2, Soviet researchers sent dogs into higher altitudes than any canine creature had traveled before. To help keep those dogs safe—and to test the equipment that would allow humans to eventually reach orbit—these scientists created high pressure suits, complete with helmets fitted to… » 11/10/12 9:30am 11/10/12 9:30am

Beware Giant Radioactive Turtles of the Soviet Era

It's comforting to know that during the height of Reagan's Cold War in the 1980s, the Soviet Union was making movies that were just as cheesy as the ones you could see in the United States. When you see this clip of the scary, growling radioactive giant turtle from Мутанты (which means Mutant), you'll be forced to… » 4/15/08 8:20am 4/15/08 8:20am