Sputnik Launced the Start of the Space Race

On this day of 4 October back in 1957, the first manmade object punched its way through Earth atmosphere. Many on the ground believed they could see the Sputnik satellite in the night sky. However, what they probably saw was … Continue reading

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Rockets & mystics

The philosphy of cosmism was founded on the principle that the future of humanity lies in space. Nikolai Fedorov is widely considered the leading cosmist philosopher, whose writing detailed the destiny of humankind and inpsired generations of scientists and dreamers. … Continue reading

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Tsiolkovsky’s Cosmic Journeys

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky sketched his visions of space flight for Vasilii Zhuravlev’s film Cosmic Journey. They foretold today’s space missions with recognisable scenes of spacewalks and items tied down in the spacecraft to stop them floating away. Continue reading

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Impossible Dreams

There is still time to catch a glimse of pioneering space history at the Science Museum, but you need to hurry. The exhibition finishes on 1 March 2016. I was pleased to have made the trip as it triggered memories … Continue reading

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Making a graphic novel 12: Cosmodrome & Cold War

It is difficult on a book page to express the monstrous size of the R-7 launch facility. A few years ago, the Russians helped to build an identical launch pad, to the original drawings, in Ghana. There are construction photographs … Continue reading

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