ussr

JFK Centennial

JFK and the American-Soviet Moon Landing That Wasn’t

“Why don’t we do it together?”
Becky Ferreira
5.29.17
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
Narrow Escapes

The First Spacewalker Cheated Death And Crash-Landed In a Forest Full of Wolves

Humanity’s first spacewalk seems even crazier 52 years later.
Becky Ferreira
3.18.17
climate change

What in the World Did Mike Pence's 'Russian Bear' Comment Mean?

During last night's vice presidential debate, Mike Pence dropped a serious knowledge bomb that may have surprised many a biologist.
Sarah Emerson
10.5.16
Anniversaries

The Other First Moon Landing

Apollo 11 achieved the first crewed Moon landing in 1969. Ten years earlier, it was the Soviets who had the edge with Luna 2.
Becky Ferreira
9.14.16
usa

The Orbital Handshake That Changed Space History

What do you get when you mix the USA with the USSR in space? The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, of course.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.16
News

How the Soviets Got Scooped on Their Own Historic Moon Landing

Fifty years ago, the rest of the world saw the first snapshots from the Luna 9 lander before Soviet citizen did.
Becky Ferreira
1.31.16
News

How Viking 1 Won the Martian Space Race

The lander that forced the Soviet space program to finally give up on Mars.
Becky Ferreira
8.20.15
nasa

The Year the Soviets Owned the Moon

​The USSR was killin’ it with lunar exploration in 1959.​
Becky Ferreira
5.26.15
Motherboard Blog

Say 'Do Svidaniya' to the Program That Turned Soviet Nukes Into American Electricity

Enemies can become cheap uranium suppliers.
Ben Richmond
12.11.13
Motherboard Blog

Soviet Collective Farmland Falling Into Disuse Is Accidentally Locking Up Tons of Carbon

The fallow land has been locking away the equivalent of 10 percent of Russia's CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.
Ben Richmond
10.9.13
Motherboard Blog

A Visit to the Shell of the Bomb

One of the Titan II missile silos is still open to visitors, and it's a blast.
David Kordahl
9.12.13
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