The Secret Russian Space Program

Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as Lunar Taxi

Russia might return to its legendary Soyuz spacecraft as the vehicle of choice in the international effort to explore the Moon.

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The Soviet Laser Space Pistol, Revealed
The USSR honestly did try to build a handheld laser pistol for cosmo…
Roscosmos Might a Break Up With the U.S. for China
After almost three decades of cooperation, Roscosmos is now eyeing a…
Russia Is Building a Super Heavy Rocket of Its Own
The spiritual successor to Russia's largest rockets plans to fly in …
NASA and Russia Planned For the Moon This Week
Major discussions in Tokyo this past week could decide the future of…
Everything you never knew about what Russia and the USSR were up to in orbit.
Russia Won't Tell NASA What It's Sending to the ISS

Russia is sending up an experiment and NASA doesn't know what it is.

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The Rocket That Launched Sputnik and Started the Space Race

Everyone remembers the 185-pound silver satellite that kickstarted the space race, but what about the rocket that got it there?

How Sputnik Worked

Sixty years later, and humanity's first satellite remains one of its most important.

How a Russian Scientist's Sci-Fi Genius Made Sputnik Possible
Sputnik, the first satellite to reach space, launched 60 years ago today. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky made it possible—even though it …
Long Abandoned Soviet Tech Might Help China Land on the Moon

Shelved more than 40 years ago, the Soviet LK lander could help build the space boat that ferries China's astronauts to the Moon.

The Russian Plan To Spin Off a New Space Station From the ISS

The end of the International Space Station may not be the end after all.

Russia Lights It's Rockets With a Giant Match

The totally 1950s design that ignites the Soyuz.

A fully assembled Mir space station as seen by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-81 in January 1997.
Why Mir Mattered More Than You Think

Thirty years ago, the first piece of the notorious (but revolutionary) Russian space station Mir went into orbit.

The Forgotten Soviet Moon Base, Revealed
The earliest plans for the Soviet outpost on the Moon sported a soil-drilling habitat and rocket-fuel-burning internal combustion engin…
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Russia's Grand Plan To Send Humans To the Moon

Making sense of the latest shakeup at Roscosmos.

Here Is the Soviet Union's Secret Space Cannon

In 1975, the USSR actually fired a cannon from an orbiting space station. Forty years later, we finally got a good look at this gun.

A Russian's Plan To Prove Americans Landed on the Moon
Can an old conspiracy theory get a Moon probe off the ground? One popular Russian space blogger certainly thinks so—and he already has …
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Did the USSR Build a Better Space Shuttle?

Twenty-five years ago this month, the Buranthe Soviet space shuttle made its one and only flight.

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The Hidden History of the Soviet Satellite-Killer

As soon as the Space Age got under way, the Soviet Union was trying to build antisatellite weaponsand kept trying for decades.