fyeahcosmonauts:

Valentina Tereshkova turns another year older today. She became the first woman in space on 16 June 1963 aboard Vostok 6. Her call sign was чайка(chaika), seagull.

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The eastern Balkans from space.
The largest clump of lights to the right of center of the picture is Istanbul. Follow a straight line down the photo and that’s Sofia. Over to the left a bit is Bucharest, and the C-shaped city on the right is Athens.

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The eastern Balkans from space.

The largest clump of lights to the right of center of the picture is Istanbul. Follow a straight line down the photo and that’s Sofia. Over to the left a bit is Bucharest, and the C-shaped city on the right is Athens.

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belgrade by night from space

belgrade by night from space

fyeahcosmonauts:

The space age was ushered in 55 years ago today (4 October 1957) with the launch of the satellite Sputnik-1. My favourite quote on Sputnik: 

“Nobody back then was thinking about the magnitude of what was going on: everyone did his own job, living through its disappointments and joys.” -Oleg Ivanovsky, deputy designer for Sputnik

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As you might already know, NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, which was launched 35 years ago, is about to become the first object from Earth to leave our solar system. As it makes its way into the unknown, it carries with it a gold record, inscribed with images and sounds from earth, a message in a bottle from our planet to the universe.

Izlel e Delyu Haydutin is a Bulgarian folk song and this performance of it by Valya Balkanska is on the gold record.

(If you want to hear another version, when Nevena Tsoneva won the first season of the talent show Music Idol, she sang it for her final performance. Personally, I think Nevena is adorable and has a great voice so have a link.)

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It was intense and it did allow to both sides to take the high road for the objectives of science and learning and exploration. Eventually it provided a mechanism for engendering cooperation between former adversaries. In that sense, among others, it was an exceptional national investment for both sides.

Soviet science has opened the way to cosmic flight.

Czechoslovak stamps honoring milestones in Soviet spaceflight, issued in 1957.

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fyeahcosmonauts:

Gennady Padalka took some pictures of the Perseid meteor shower from the International Space Station.

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Courtesy the Russian Space Agency. Beautiful.

scanzen:

Vosztok űrhajó a budapesti szovjet tudomány és technika kiállításán. In: Élet más bolygókon, Móra Ferenc Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 1968.
The Vostok-1 rocket (at least its mockup) at the soviet science and technology exhibition at Budapest, Aug 1967.

scanzen:

Vosztok űrhajó a budapesti szovjet tudomány és technika kiállításán. In: Élet más bolygókon, Móra Ferenc Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 1968.

The Vostok-1 rocket (at least its mockup) at the soviet science and technology exhibition at Budapest, Aug 1967.

spacewatching:

“I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well,”
- Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space

June 16, 1963 - Valentina Tereshkova begins her historic three day orbit around the Earth.

spacewatching:

I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well,”

- Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space

June 16, 1963 - Valentina Tereshkova begins her historic three day orbit around the Earth.