What you see here is a TREKOL amphibious truck based on an UAZ-31514. It costs $26,500 worth of rubles, and the Russian space program uses it to find the stages falling off their Soyuz rockets, no matter how far in the woods they end up.
Have you ever worried how real astronauts or cosmonauts can defend themselves or render harmless hostile life forms? What if an alien breaks into the International Space Station? Or a crew member loses his or her mind and goes berserk? The following set of images will put your mind to ease: aspacemen always carry some…
If the thought of turning your gaze to a TV screen for election news this evening makes you want to vomit, then you might have some empathy for what two men will feel as they plummet toward the ground from 250 miles on high in a fiery metal can at a rip-roaring 17,000 miles per hour.
In the past few days, the whole proudly too-smart-for-this-bullshit web community has been chuckling at the latest Nigerian 419 scam, this one substituting the iconic prince for a lost cosmonaut. Interestingly, though, the scam actually is based on some real facts, reworked in an imaginative way. Let’s see if we can…
Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock. It was July 17th, 1975, and they were about to make history. For the first time, a United States Apollo and Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft would dock with one another, an enormously symbolic mission that served as a small…
We’ve teased that the term “soft” landing is utterly inappropriate, but our latest video makes that painfully clear. The preparation, waving goodbye, and gentle undocking are a deceptive moment of calm before the parachutes fling open and the chaos begins.
Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it?
This is so cool. Stitched together from both old and new clips of Soyuz launch footage over the years, this video shows what a Soyuz flight from Earth to the International Space Station looks like. And it’s absolutely incredible. You get to see the launch, approach and how it docks to the ISS from multiple angles.
The amazing new SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship will be able to soft-land anywhere on Earth using rockets and retractile legs with the same accuracy as any aircraft. You can click here know all about it or just look at this image. When Elon Musk says "it lands like a 21st century spaceship should land" he's right.
This is something that I've never seen: The precise and explosive moment in which a Soyuz capsule hits the ground. The fire you're seeing is caused by rockets firing up to soften the landing on the Siberian steppe's hard ground.
As much as I wish a) these were real ads b) they actually did send a Lada Niva with a roof-mounted cargo box to the Mir and c) there actually were Nivas here in the US, none of these things are true. Still, that doesn't make these parody ads from the University of Television and Film in Munich (HFF München) any less…
Right before 2012 skidded to a halt last week, Russia's space agency's main contractor, RSC Energia, announced that they had completed designs for a new spacecraft to replace the venerable Soyuz, and they'd start test flights in 2017. For space geeks like me, this gave me the warm, welcome feeling of something …
Space training is not all about mad afternoons in aerotrims and learning how to operate a can of Space Coke. On some days, it’s about taking off your spacesuit and kicking it in hammocks in a birch forest.
Here's the situation: You wake up, dazed, and find yourself floating weightlessly in the cramped confines of a Soyuz orbital module, possibly the victim of a prank by wealthy, well-connected friends — or maybe some espionage plot. Maybe you owe money to some powerful Russians. Who knows — maybe you even planned it.…
It took 14 years after the start of manned space exploration for an American and a Soviet spaceship to hook up, and this was the Soyuz rocket which delivered the Soviet half of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project in 1974.
A photo from 2007 showing a cosmonaut enjoying a "relaxing afternoon" in a field next to his Soyuz capsule after missing his planned landing spot by 43 miles. Think you can come up with a better caption? [via EnglishRussia]
I've always been told not to worry because it's not the size of a rocket that matters. Then I saw this and realized that yes, yes it is what matters. More on my own inadequacy below.
The Soviet lunar program was covered up, forgotten after failing to put a man on the moon. These rare photos from a lab inside the Moscow Aviation Institute show a junkyard of rarely-seen spacecraft, including a never-to-be-used Russian lunar lander.