Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

Soviet rocket poster

From io9.com:

The twentieth century Soviet space program will always be remembered as one of the greatest in the world. And these posters reveal that it also came with one of the world’s most beautifully-designed propaganda campaigns, too.

Above: Homeland, your mission is accomplished!


Science and Communism Are Inseparable, 1959

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via LiveAuctioneers)


Praise to the Brave Sons of Our Motherland, 1959

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Nanyang Technological University)


We were born to make the fairy tale come true!, 1960

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via x-ray delta one)


For the Glory of Communism, 1961, by E. Soloviov

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Nanyang Technological University)


Socialism is our launching pad

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


 Glory to the Soviet people, the pioneers of space! (with Vostok 1-4)

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Friends Reunited)


Motherland! You’ve been the first to light a star of progress and peace over the Earth. Glory to science, glory to labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!

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(via English Russia)


The road in the space is Soviet!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


The Path For Humans Is Now Cleared!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via LiveAuctioneers)


In the name of Peace and Progress!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


Glory to the KPSS! (Communist Party of the Soviet Union)

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via The Mystery World)


Glory to the conquerors of the universe!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


To the cosmos!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


They were given a way on the path by the people, the giant and the creator of priceless treasures, and they stood up as heroes of new epic: Gagarin, Titov, Nikolaev, Popovich.

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


Let’s Ride, 1961

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Live Auctioneers)


Space Navigation Season is Open!, 1961

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


With Lenin’s Name!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


Soviet man, be proud, you opened the road to stars from Earth!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


In the name of Peace

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Retronaut)


The Sons of October Are the Pioneers of the Universe, 1961

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

(via Live Auctioneers)


Happy New Year, Peace and Friendship!

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


Happy New Year, kids! (with “Vostok“)

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


Report: Mission accomplished! (with “Luna 9“)

Inspiring and Intense Soviet Space Propaganda Posters


(The pictures above are coming from RussiaTrek, except when noted otherwise.)

Quantum Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects from Reality

Quantum reality cloak graph

By The Physics arXiv Blog from MITTechnologyReview.com:

Physicists have worked out how to cloak a region of space from the quantum world, thereby shielding it from reality itself.

Invisibility cloaks are all the rage these days. Over the last few years, this blog has followed various attempts to develop invisibility cloaks for earthquakes, acoustics and for various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. In the last few days, we’ve seen the emergence of a new generation of cloaks that can hide large, everyday objects across the entire optical spectrum.

Today, Jeng Yi Lee and Ray-Kuang Lee at the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan take the idea of cloaking to its ultimate limit. These guys have worked out how to build quantum invisibility cloaks. These are cloaks that shield objects from the quantum properties of the world outside. That’s not so much an invisibility cloak as a reality cloak.

The idea is simple in essence. Ordinary invisibility cloaks work by steering light around a region of space to make it look as if it weren’t there. The mathematical approach that describes this is called transformation optics. It starts with Maxwell’s equation which govern the behaviour of light as it passes through space.

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Beloved ISS Commander Chris Hadfield Is Retiring

Chris Hadfield on the ISS with water bubble

By Robert T. Gonzalez from io9.com:

So long, Commander Hadfield – and thanks for all the awesome!

Tonight at 7:08 ET, Commander Chris Hadfield – one of the most charismatic Commanders in the history of the International Space Station – will return … Read…

Chris Hadfield – Canadian astronaut (the first to ever serve as Commander of the International Space Station), space-musician (the first to record a music video in space), social media powerhouse, inspirational whirlwind and professional blower-of-minds – is retiring.

At a press conference held yesterday at the Canadian Space Agency’s headquarters, Hadfield told a standing-room only audience: “I’m making good on a promise I made to [my] wife nearly 30 years ago — that yes, eventually, we would be moving back to Canada.” His retirement is effective July 3rd.

Beloved ISS Commander Chris Hadfield Is Retiring

Chris-Hadfield-Tweet“To say goodbye to these good people today,” Hadfield later tweeted, in reference to the crowd of CSA employees gathered to see him off, “was much harder than I expected”:

“I’ve had such an interesting career and after 35 years it’s time to step down,” Commander Hadfield was quoted as saying by the CBC. “I’m the last astronaut of my class that’s still around.”

Beloved ISS Commander Chris Hadfield Is Retiring

“Chris Hadfield has inspired all Canadians, especially our next-generation of scientists and engineers,” Chris Alexander, parliamentary secretary for defense, said in a statement.

Beloved ISS Commander Chris Hadfield Is Retiring

“His exceptional career achievements make him a true Canadian hero and icon.”

Hear, hear.

Beloved ISS Commander Chris Hadfield Is Retiring

We wish Hadfield all the best – and while we know we shouldn’t expect him to maintain his impressive social media presence, we’re optimistic that he’ll stick around in some capacity. On a related note, we hope that more astronauts, moving forward, will take a page or two from Hadfield’s playbook when it comes to engaging with the public about science and space.

When Hadfield returned to Earth from the ISS in May, we put together a roundup of our favorite moments from his time aboard humanity’s orbital outpost. In light of his impending retirement, it seems fitting to post it here again. So long, Commander Hadfield – and, as always, thanks for all the awesome.

All images via NASA

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