Imagining The Soviet Lunar Mission That Never Flew

The Soviets had ambitious plans to send up their own lunar exploratory mission in a ship called the Lunniy Korabl (“lunar ship”), but they never got off the ground. Here are some real and artistically rendered images of what that might have looked like.

Source: Imgur

Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”