Valentina Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times during her three day spaceflight in Vostok 6 in 1963. First woman in space!
Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman in space when she flew the Soyuz T-7 to the Salyut 7 space station in 1984. First woman to perform a spacewalk!
Soviet women astronauts, by comic book artist Philip Bond. (Click the link for portraits of women astronauts from the US as well.)
11:30 pm • 11 July 2012 • 3,042 notes
Выше класс советского футбола!
Make higher class of Soviet football!
9:57 pm • 12 June 2012 • 38 notes
Бдительность - наше оружие!
Vigilance is our weapon!
Bditel’nost’ - nashe oruzhiye
7:04 pm • 29 May 2012 • 18 notes
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!?
8:50 am • 17 May 2012 • 679 notes