Soviet and Russian Space Programs
The year we were born.
May 2011 | By Paul Hoversten
Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin left earth. When he came back, everything changed.
May 2011 | By Allen Abel
In orbit, it’s all about connections.
March 2011 | By Michael Klesius
Change comes to the place where spaceflight was born.
March 2011 | By Michael Cassutt
NASA’s new launch abort system just passed a major test. But what booster and capsule will use it?
May 06, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
The launch that saved the world from orbiting laser battle stations.
January 2010 | By Dwayne A. Day and Robert G. Kennedy III
At the start of a new partnership, U.S. and Russian space travelers learn that every long journey begins with a single step.
October 2008 | By Tom Harpole
A new probe to a Martian moon may win back respect for Russia’s unmanned space program.
September 2008 | By Anatoly Zak
Three space station astronauts are glad to be back on terra firma after an off-course landing in a Russian Soyuz capsule.
April 2008 | By Michael Klesius
Space czar Sergei Korolev won fame for the launch of Sputnik, but a more modest genius deserves the credit.
November 2007 | By Asif Siddiqi
Fifty years after her flight, a new graphic novel recounts the saga of the dog that made space history.
November 01, 2007 | By Tony Reichhardt
Nikita Khrushchev's son recalls the night Sputnik made history.
August 2007 | By Sergei Khrushchev (Translated by Lyudmila Khomenko Chillico)
It started with Utopian dreams and rocketeers.
August 2007 | By Asif Siddiqi
An eminent space historian looks back on the first 50 years of space exploration.
July 2007 | By Roger D. Launius
The tensest moment in spaceflight: Docking with a 100-ton space station while orbiting Earth at five miles per second.
May 2006 | By Thomas D. Jones
A cosmonaut remembers the exhilaration-and terror-of his first space mission.
January 2005 | By Alexei Leonov
Ghost alarms, foul odors, and a tourist season? Life aboard the International Space Station.
July 2004 | By Thomas D. Jones
The Soviets lost the moon race but won a dram of glory with the first robotic craft to roam another world.
March 2004 | By Andrew Chaikin
It's the one area of space science in which you get to eat the experiment.
September 2003 | By Robert Zimmerman
Some went west. This is the story of the ones who went east.
September 2003 | By Anatoly Zak