A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:25pm 7/09/14 3:25pm

This Insane Rocket Is Why The Soviet Union Never Made It To The Moon

Americans tend to talk a lot about the Space Race and how we made it to the Moon and we were first and no one else was second because we are the best. It's put into context by the fact that the Soviet satellite Sputnik was the first in space, but by the time we get around to discussing the moon landings no one… » 10/19/13 1:06pm 10/19/13 1:06pm

A frying pan steering wheel: The best of homemade Soviet cars

In Soviet-era Russia, families needing transportation lined up at the car office, filled out their paperwork and waited up to six years for their wheels to arrive. Many chose to instead spend those years building their own cars, from iron-clad sports cars to pods with a frying pan for a steering wheel. Here's some of… » 9/21/11 12:00pm 9/21/11 12:00pm

Toronto Resident Rides Like A Politburo Big Chief In His GAZ Tchaika 14

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/25/08 4:00pm 11/25/08 4:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Today we're heading back to Toronto, a city that's given us all manner of interesting old iron in the past, from the to . has found one of the rarest machines of them all, a Gorbachev-grade…