Space Posts

Over the Black Sea, by Alexei Leonov (1973)

Cosmonauts: a tribute to Russian grit

Published 21 October 2015

What is it about the Russians and space flight?

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China in space: conquests, reversals – and revival

Published 18 February 2014

The success, relapse and then partial resuscitation of its lunar explorer Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, should awaken us to the broad advance China has achieved in space

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Yuri Gagarin in Dolgoprudny

Yuri Gagarin’s brave, brilliant leap into the dark

Published 12 April 2011

On the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight, James Woudhuysen praises Gagarin’s daring – and says we need more of it today

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Let’s go back to the Moon – and beyond

Published 29 June 2009

As the 40th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing approaches, backward attitudes here on Earth have tainted our view of lunar exploration

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Mir space station viewed from endeavour

Design for space

Published 22 July 1989

Inside the Command Module, Armstrong confronted no fewer than 650 switches, dials, motors, circuit breakers, controls and displays

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