Soviet Union

Motherboard Guide to Cinema

This Cult 80s Film About the Nuclear Apocalypse Is Still Relevant, and That Sucks

Steve de Jarnatt’s ‘Miracle Mile’ offers a grim look at the world hours before nuclear apocalypse, kicked off by a pre-emptive strike by the US.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.23.17
Fallen Cosmonauts

The Martyr of Modern Spaceflight

Vladimir Komarov was the first human to die during a spaceflight. His death, 50 years ago today, led to the creation of the most reliable spacecraft in operation.
Becky Ferreira
4.24.17
Gaming

I Got My Ass Whooped In ‘Combat Mission: Afghanistan’

Playing as the Soviets in the 1979–1989 war in Afghanistan, I stumbled into a Mujahideen boobytrap and never recovered.
Robert Beckhusen
11.30.16
uk

Why Do More People Not Know About Helen Sharman, the First Brit in Space?

25 years ago today, Helen Sharman became the first Brit in space.
Victoria Turk
5.18.16
machines

Here Is Portland’s Cold War Plan for Surviving Nuclear Armageddon

Cold War Portland had a scheme to save 100,000 people—and it worked.
Paul Richard Huard
4.12.16
history

55 Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became the First Human in Space

55 years isn’t long, but look back at the technology and politics of the first human spaceflight and it seems like a different planet.
Nell Frizzell
4.12.16
Space

The Mir Space Station Was a Marvel, a Clusterfuck, and an Underdog Hero

Fires, collisions, and mutant alien bacteria were all in a day’s work for Mir astronauts.
Becky Ferreira
2.19.16
All in Your Head

Ghosts in the Roscosmos

Conspiracy theorists ask: How many cosmonauts were really claimed by the early Soviet Space Program?
Daniel Oberhaus
10.29.15
russia

If the US Doesn’t Arm Syrian Rebels, Someone Will

"I expect modern anti-aircraft weaponry soon," a Free Syrian Army commander told Motherboard.
Austin Bodetti & David Axe
10.28.15
Gaming

Avenge the Soviet Union in the First Vector Graphics Arcade Cabinet in 30 Years

"VEC9" is a new arcade cabinet that looks like it was made in the Cold War.
Miles Raymer
10.12.15
russia

The Soviet Architect Who Drafted the Space Race

Galina Balashova's futuristic illustrations propelled the Soviet space program.
DJ Pangburn
8.18.15
Hell or Salt Water

That Time the Navy Used the Grateful Dead's Amps to Listen to Soviet Subs

It's a curious, heady bit of Cold War-era intrigue. I had to get to the bottom of it.
Brian Anderson
8.11.15
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