Ms. Kelly : I believe it was a brilliant piece of propaganda, that the Soviets bankrupted themselves, pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines…
Cooper : Useless machines?
Ms. Kelly : And if we don’t want to repeat of the excess and wastefulness of the 20th Century then we need to teach our kids about this planet, not tales of leaving it.
Cooper : You know, one of those useless machines they used to make was called an MRI, and if we had any of those left the doctors would have been able to find the cyst in my wife’s brain, *before* she died instead of after, and then she would’ve been the one sitting here, listening to this instead of me, which would’ve been a good thing because she was always the… calmer one.
It’s a little book about the Moon, popular science type. It includes schemes, photos, and a few color illustrations. It was published in 1964 when social interest for space exploration was unbelievably high.
The Russians may not have sent a man to the Moon, but 40 years ago, the Soviet Union guided the first unmanned rover to the Earth’s closest neighbor. The automatic remote-controlled robots also known as 'Lunar tanks’ roamed the Moon’s surface, revolutionizing space exploration.
Saturn V scale model compared with a Soviet N1 “moon rocket” at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Behind the display an Apollo era moon suit and the Soviet Krechet-94 (Кречет = gyrfalcon) for lunar excursions.
On July 3rd 1969, two weeks before the launch of Apollo 11, the Soviet Union did an unmanned test launch of their N1 rocket. However, the rocket exploded right after lifting off, crushing the USSR’s hopes to bring a cosmonaut on the moon before the United States.
There have been other two N1 tests before the program, already underfunded, was cancelled in 1974.
(I am by no means an expert, but I’m quite fascinated with the Space Age and the Apollo mission; however. it might be that I wasn’t having the best of days, but when I learned about the secret Russian lunar program and the untimely end of the N1 rocket I knew that that story of failure spoke to me. It was also the first time I tried the scratchboard technique so it’s far from being perfect. But I tried, kind of like the Russians.)
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