35. CONQUEST OF SPACE

It’s almost over. And yet there is still so much to tell in the extraordinary tale of Yuri Gagarin and the First Flight. A very brief selection of images had to stand for years of major events. The Soviet space … Continue reading

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33. Globetrotting diplomat

The flight is over, but Yuri faces new challenges. It took a little while for the Soviets to realise what a propaganda coup they had pulled off. Once premier Nikita Kruschov takes matters in hand though, the stops are really … Continue reading

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21: Space race is ‘neck and neck’

A brief photocall for American astronaut Alan Shephard and his ‘Mercury’ capsule is a reminder that this is a race, and it is neck and neck. Having seen an actual Mercury capsule close up, it looks to the untrained eye, … Continue reading

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Yuri is back in the UK!

Tomorrow, Thursday the 6th of March 2013, at a special ceremony in London, a statue of Yuri Gagarin will be unveiled at the Greenwich Royal Observatory, the historic cradle of British planetary and space science. For a brief period around … Continue reading

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What the CIA knew – or didn’t…

What did the CIA know about the Soviet Space Programme 50 years ago? National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of 5 December 1962. The first NIE dedicated solely to the Soviet Space Program was far less cautious than the combined missile-space report … Continue reading

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