Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev
) youtubes day-to-day events from the International Space Station
Remember the Chelyabinsk meteor
that exploded over Russia earlier this year, injuring hundreds and giving us dozens of spectacular dashcam videos? It may have friends
was the Popular Mechanics of the Soviet Union. The magazine, whose name means Technology for the Youth, had illustrations of everything from space stations
, computerized farming
, transport of the future
, friendly robots
, to more abstract images
. If you don't want to hunt through the archive
, Mythbuster's Tested website has a gallery of 201 great images
from the magazine.
Yesterday, Russia's first interplanetary mission
in 15 years launched
sucessfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It ran into serious problems almost immediately
. In jeopardy are a sample return mission from the Martian satellite Phobos, The Planetary Society's Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment
(LIFE), and China's Yinghuo
Hey, remember the ISS, that space station
the Space Shuttle
helped build before the shuttle was retired? Turns out humans might have to vacate that nifty space station
for a bit. [more inside]
"Tubes of space borscht are on sale in the museum gift shop. “There are white and black tubes. On the white is written: ‘BLONDE.’ On black one: ‘BRUNETTE.’ "
Astronauts relate challenges of life in space
Soyuz rocket rolls to launch pad.
A fine photoset of an otherwise routine Russian rocket rollout. I can tell that photographer Bill Ingalls
loves rockets. His favs
Ever wondered what life is like on the International Space Station? Wonder no more
. [more inside]
Some photo galleries
(and youtube video
) of Buran
, the USSR's space shuttle program
) from the 1980's, long since abandoned
. Bonus: A comparison between
Buran and the US space shuttle. Double Bonus: More
on Buran from russianspaceweb.com
, which is awesome. Combo breaker: An official page with NASA's take on Buran
, (and their photos
), frozen in time a decade ago.
The Nedelin disaster
remains the most fatal catastrophe in the history of rocketry. On October 26, 1960
an R-16 ICBM
designed by Mikhail Yangel
killing over 100 within moments. The incident remained in strict secrecy for thirty years until it was unearthed
by James Oberg
. The true casualty rate remains a mystery and Kazakhstan
still sees more than its fair share
of rocket mishaps
On November 28, 1960, a morse code transmission reading "SOS to the whole world" from an orbiting spaceship was picked up by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers with their home-made radio tracking station in San Maurizio Canavese, Italy. Sometime between February 2-4, they picked up telemetry of a dying cosmonauts heartbeat and breathing. Yuri Gagarin,
the universally acknowledged first man in space, did not make his flight until April 12, 1961. These brothers claimed that they intercepted radio transmissions of other secret flights as well. Were there secret Soviet spaceflights that ended in the death of Cosmonauts? Most
tend to disagree,
and offer an excellent debunking.
I started reading about this several weeks before the Columbia, but it now has a new poignancy. I agree that it is exceedingly unlikely that these alleged flights took, but the claims of these brothers, mingled with various other rumor and various Soviet urban legends, (along with the fact of Russian/Soviet general secrecy about most everything,) create an alternate history that is exceedingly disturbing.
Secrets of the Cold War in Space.
Deep Cold is an website with detailed renderings, quicktime movies and information about the ideas and concepts being developed for both U.S. and Soviet presences in space during the cold war.
Does anyone need more proof than seeing sponsors in Russia's mission control room?
Andromeda MIR Strain.
Russia pushed back the MIR deorbit dates
by another two weeks on Tuesday. Meanwhile, questions have surfaced about whether the mutant micoorganisms
that inhabit the station
will survive the fiery decent. Just another sci-fi story
? Or should we be worried both about the ISS and Biosphere One
The first "space tourist"
is scheduled be lifted to the ISS by the Russians, in exchange for millions of dollars, on 30 April.
Is this really very likely to happen?
The Russians plan a new space station.
Russia to Mir....come in Mir...
Russia's been recently unable to sustain radio contact with Mir. The station itself is empty, but radio communication is necessary in order to control the autopilot. They are supposed to try again in about an hour, but if they are unable to do so within that hour, they'll have to send someone up. I think they're more afraid that it might fall out of orbit before it's planned sinking into the Pacific this coming February.