Several years ago, this mosaic of Yuri Gagarin—the Soviet Union’s first cosmonaut to enter space—was completely painted over during the restoration of this building, in Karaganda. Fortunately, this artwork was later recovered and restored.
OK-KS test vehicle. This was used to validate the Soviet Orbiter’s aerodynamic deign when on the transport plane.
Love the picture of what looks to be Gagarin on the wall.
Is Gagarin winking at the soacecraft? “Hay gurl.”
"Communists blaze the trail to the stars" A stamp set from 1964 commemorating the Soviet Union’s space firsts: first satellite (Sputnik-1957), first pennant on the moon (Luna 2 carried two to the moon-1959), first picture of the dark side of the moon (Luna 3-1959), first man in space (Yuri Gagarin-1961), first group flight (Vostok 3 and 4-1962) and first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova-1963).
“Leonov sketches Belyayev during a postflight vacation on a Black Sea beach.”
(seriously, though, Alexei is a very good artist, and it is cool that he’s drawing his buddy. But…those hats?)
Yuri thinks they’re cool:
Did you see those amazing colorized portraits of Tesla, Einstein and Darwin the other day? Here’s a few more, featuring a more light-hearted shot of Al, my main man Richard Feynman, and Yuri Gagarin.
Mads Madsen, the artist behind those retouched historical photos (who is only 18 years old, by the way … you rock, dude), has a full gallery for your enjoyment here.
Trust me when I say “enter at your own risk” … from Civil War generals to presidents to movie stars, it’s a sure way to lose yourself for an hour or three.
Another photo from the same session as this one. Vladimir Komarov helped Yevgeni Khrunov on the left and Yuri Gagarin assists Alexei Yeliseyev on the right. I’ve found out that this is from training of the planned Soyuz 1 and 2 missions. Soyuz 1 would dock to Soyuz 2 with Khrunov and Yeliseyev transferring from 2 to 1. However the flight of Soyuz 2 was cancelled when Soyuz 1 went so badly. Gagarin was Komarov’s backup. Khrunov and Yeliseyev eventually made a transfer in 1969 on the Soyuz 4 and 5 mission.
Some Landing Place Markers
When Soyuz TMA-05M landed this past week, a landing marker was put in, which I had never seen before. So I did a bit of investigating. I wasn’t able to find many like the Soyuz TMA-05M one, most of the markers are permanent statues.