Russian to Space

The Space Race between the US and the USSR was a critical moment of the 1950s and 1960s. The Soviets took lead in the competition with the successful launch of Sputnik 1.

Sputnik, Sputnik, Sputnik, Rocket
CCCP (USSR in Russian)

Part 1: Sputnik

Sputnik 1 launched from Kazakhstan on October 4, 1957. It was the first ever earth orbiting artificial satellite. This satellite was six times heavier (184 lbs) than the failed attempt of the United States in December 1957. The radio transmission Sputnik emitted was heard by ham radio operators around the world. The simple beeping marked a very important event in history.

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Follow the tracks

The effects of industrialization and railroads on social and economic change.

Bashkir Switchman
The Bashkir Switchman

Стрелочник башкир. The “Bashkir Switchman”. He works for hours on the railroad, participating in a seemingly mundane task, that marks a pivotal point for the history of Russian technological advancements and geographical changes.

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