Modelling Yuri’s World: No.2

Korolev’s Baby, the R-7, ‘Semyorka’ Rocket For some of us, words and pictures are not enough, we like to see things in three dimensions. Few of us though, have the space or the cash to collect real aircraft, rockets, statues, … Continue reading

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BBC 4-part documentary: Space Race

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37. The Road to the Stars

The journey that Yuri began continues today. No longer enemies, Russia and America have joined forces in space – along with Canada, Japan, Brazil, and eleven countries across the European Union. They have created the International Space Station – our … Continue reading

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23: Rocket thrust balancing

Getting a rocket off the ground is quite a trick. Ever tried balancing a broomstick on your finger, then lifting it up into the air? The thrust is all at the bottom, the weight is all above. Now add the … Continue reading

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18: Vostok rocket assembly line

Although he was a driven man, under intense pressure, the testimony of everyone who came into contact with him suggests that Korolev took very seriously his responsibilities towards the young men who had volunteered to risk their lives for him. … Continue reading

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