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this took me literally three hours and the audio took less than one. enjoy

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Laika 

(Russian: Лайка; c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957. Little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living creatures at the time of Laika’s mission, and the technology to de-orbit had not yet been developed, and therefore Laika’s survival was not expected. Some scientists believed humans would be unable to survive the launch or the conditions of outer space, so engineers viewed flights by animals as a necessary precursor to human missions. The experiment aimed to prove that a living passenger could survive being launched into orbit and endure micro-gravity, paving the way for human spaceflight and providing scientists with some of the first data on how living organisms react to spaceflight environments.

Laika died within hours from overheating, possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death were not made public until 2002; instead, it was widely reported that she died when her oxygen ran out on day six or, as the Soviet government initially claimed, she was euthanised prior to oxygen depletion. On April 11, 2008, Russian officials unveiled a monument to Laika. A small monument in her honour was built near the military research facility in Moscow that prepared Laika’s flight to space. It features a dog standing on top of a rocket. She also appears on the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow. Read More

Art appreciation post: Podstakanniki (tea glass holders)

This used to be a typical way of serving tea in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other post-Soviet countries (my friend says that Ukrainian railways still serve tea in glasses with podstakanniki, though:). It may sound silly, but I and my family believe that tea tastes different when one drinks it from glass. I’m not sure how to explain it but it’s kind of true, it does taste different xd

These vintage metal ones depict Space Race (Sputnik’s flight) and some floral/fruit patterns.

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April 12th 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space

On this day in 1961, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin, a fighter pilot, was the successful candidate for the mission, being selected by Russian space programme director Sergei Korolev. Russia already had a lead in the Space Race, having launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, which was the first satellite in space. On April 12th 1961, Gagarin left Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, famously declaring ‘Poyekhali!’ (which means ‘Let’s go!’ in Russian). He spent 108 minutes completing an orbit of the planet. Upon re-entering the atmosphere, Gagarin executed a successful ejection and landed by parachute in rural Russia, to the consternation of locals. Yuri Gagarin became famous worldwide and a Russian hero, being awarded the nation’s highest honour - Hero of the Soviet Union. Gagarin died in 1968 when the training plane he was piloting crashed; his ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin.

“Don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”
- Gagarin to some stunned farmers when he landed

The Sputnikburger, 1957

In November of 1957, an Atlanta restaurant tried to cash in on America’s fascination with the Russian satellite, Sputnik. Their “Sputnikburger” was garnished with Russian Dressing and Caviar… a large “Satellite Olive” was peirced with three toothpicks for “antennae.” from: The Century, a Chronicle of the Twentieth Century

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Crrow777 Radio episode 039: Space is an Idea Implanted in Social Consciousness by Media, TV, Movies & Books
Published on Jan 13, 2017 From Star Trek to MTV and many movies, media and shows since, the image of space we all believe in is a construct made in a Hollywood basement. Is it not time, in the new millennium, to draw the line between fantasy and reality? Is it not time to challenge so much of the “accepted” reality we have all grown up with? If we do this, I would suggest, we will find a world that we know little or nothing about. The controllers of this world have spun a dream that is beyond belief once you begin to understand something about reality.