The year is 2012. Lena Oxton is convinced that the world will end tomorrow, so she convinces Angela, with incessant wheedling and a pout she can’t resist, to attend an appropriately-themed party, hosted by the most elite women’s club in the city. The cover is an exorbitant, absolutely absurd thirty dollars, and that’s almost enough to make Angela abandon Lena, her current fuckbuddy/project/flavor-of-the-month Amelié, Genji, and Mei at the door, but the combined wheedling of her three friends and Amelié’s scathing glare make Angela turn over a twenty and ten to the gorilla of a bouncer with a deep sigh.
He adjusts his glasses as he steps aside.
“Have fun, Lena, Genji, ladies.”
“Cheers, Winston, mate!”
The thirty dollar cover seems fairer when they’re greeted in the line to the coat check by an absolutely stunning go-go dancer with flawless skin and brown eyes so light they look gold offering a tray of free ‘Revelation’ shots. Angela’s jaw drops and doesn’t close until Genji jabs an elbow into her side and whispers into her ear.
“Doctor Ziegler, if you keep staring at her ass like that, she might actually slap you.”
The vintage Russian porcelain rockets are more than pretty spaceships, they also drinking vessels. These awesome drinking rockets were made to commemorate Belka and Strelka, the first Soviet space dogs to successfully complete their mission of going into geocentric orbit and safely returning home aboard Korabl-Sputnik 2 on August 19, 1960.
In addition to featuring the faces of the intrepid space pups peaking out the two portholes, we’ll just imagine that inside the porcelain rockets are miniature versions of the rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, fruit flies, plants, and fungi that went on the mission with them.
“The rocket-shaped Belka-and-Strelka vodka jugs pictured were sculpted in the wake of their flight in the Russian village of Gzhel, a town outside Moscow that has been known for its folk ceramics since the early 19th century.“
The colossal Energia rocket was a Soviet heavy lift vehicle, the rocket had the capacity to place about 100 tonnes in Low Earth orbit and was first test-launched on 15 May 1987. The payload was the Polyus spacecraft, a prototype orbital weapons platform designed to destroy SDI satellites with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser, unfortunately it failed to reach orbit and burned up over the pacific ocean.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian rocket pioneer. Although he never built a rocket, Tsiolkovsky’s work was highly influential in the development of Soviet rocket and space technology. He became deaf after contracting scarlet fever at around the age of 10 and from then on he schooled himself, mainly from books in his father’s library. He determined that the Earth’s escape velocity was 8 kilometres per second and showed that this could be achieved using liquid-fuel rockets. He predicted many aspects of space travel, including double-walled hulls for meteor protection and the problems of weightlessness.