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Wishing you a happy new year (in Russian) from the ISS are cosmonauts Roman Romanenko, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin. Also appearing are the Soyuz zero gravity indicators. Oleg mentions that 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of Vostok 5, for which Valery Bykovsky still holds the record for the longest solo spaceflight, and Vostok 6, in which Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.



Laika, Reimagined

The first earthling in space was Laika the dog, launched into space by the Soviets on November 3, 1957. She never returned alive. It was a mission designed, in part, to study the effects of space travel on an animal, but the true story of her noble canine sacrifice left a bad taste in many people’s mouths, including mine.

Here’s a far happier version of what may have happened on her historic journey. I like this one.

Good girl!

(by Avgousta Zourelidi)

This is very cute.

Laika’s picture is based on this one of Chief Designer Sergei Korolyov and a dog (though it was taken in 1951, so it’s not a space dog):



Video Tour of Mir Space Station

A video tour (Sept 1996) of the Soviet/Russian space station Mir by NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid during STS-79. The tour begins in Kristall, before visiting Priroda, moving through the station’s central node into the core module (with a view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis through one of the module’s portholes), then ending in Spektr.

Четверо в космосе (Four in Space) (1969)

This video is in Russian, but still interesting to watch if you don’t understand it. This mission had the first crew transfer: Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeni Khrunov transferred from Soyuz 5 (Boris Volynov, commander) to Soyuz 4 (Vladimir Shatalov, commander). Some highlights:

  • lack of a pressurized launch suits (these were not worn until after the Soyuz 11 tragedy) = 1:40 & 4:18
  • the joys of eating food from a tube = 8:40
  • Yeliseyev almost knocking Khrunov out = 12:40
  • Volynov kissing Yeliseyev goodbye before putting on his helmet = 13:40
  • Khrunov squirting food on the wall = 16:22


Progress 47 Launch

On April 20, an ISS Progress 47 cargo craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, loaded with 2.5 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory. Progress 47 will automatically dock to the Pirs docking compartment when it reaches the ISS at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, April 22.


Союз (Soyuz!) gets put together, among other things, in this neat clip from Roscosmos. 


Yuri Gagarin at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow, 14 April 1961.

In the beginning, you can see Yuri’s famous untied shoe, which he mentioned in his autobiography “Road to the Stars”. They wanted to hide it but Gagarin said he wanted to show people that he was just like them. They said it was a good idea, thus the fact about the shoestring wasn’t covered up.

Here’s something cute to ease the sting of the last shuttle. It’s from May when Yuri Lonchakov and Maksim Surayev went to China. It’s in Russian but if you let it load you can watch some cuteness @2:16 when they get mobbed by children and @4:52 when Lonchakov kisses a girl. There’s also Surayev in an Ernie(of Sesame Street fame) shirt.

Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov Expedition 28 flight engineer, prepares for spaceflight by spinning in a chair in Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan conducting final preparations for the launch of Soyuz-TMA-02M to the International Space Station on June 8, 2011 for his six month mission.


Гагарин, я вас любила (Gagarin, I Love You) by Ундервуд (Underwood) (2001)

The Dignity of Labour (Pt. 3) by The Human League (1979)

This is from The Human League’s EP The Dignity of Labour, which follows the story of Yuri Gagarin from the mining of materials to make the Vostok 1 spacecraft, the construction of it and the launch of the rocket into space.

An animation of Laika, the first dog in space. Launched in November 1957.

Chronicling the adventures of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts

(and unmanned programs too!)