A series of posters by justinvg which depict Russian ‘victories’ during the early space race.
- Sputnik 1 (1957) - The announcement by the USSR that they had put this tiny metal ball into orbit was the cause of major concern for the US, sparking the space race.
- Luna Programme (1959-76) - Shortly after sending Sputnik 1 and 2 into Earth’s orbit, the Soviets set their sights even further, and successfully sent 15 probes to the Moon over a period of 17 years.
- Vostok 1 (1961) - The USSR became the first nation to send a person into space when Yuri Gagarin spent 81 minutes orbiting the Earth.
- Voskhod 1 (1965) - This mission saw another milestone set by the Soviets when Alexei Leonov became the first person to perform extra-vehicular activity.
They did beat us to several milestones, but thankfully we’ve since reconciled our differences and are exploring the cosmos together. And by “exploring the cosmos together” I mean that we are completely reliant on them to get our astronauts into space.
Previously: Don’t miss these amazing vintage Soviet space propaganda posters! And whatever this is supposed to mean!?