25 January 2007

Space Center

A collection of photos from the Russian Space Center near Moscow. As dominant as the US now is in space exploration, it is worth remembering that it was actually the USSR that launched the first artificial satellites and put the first man in space -- achievements which caused some alarm in the West at the time, since they seemed to suggest that the USSR was pulling ahead of the West technologically. The USSR also participated in the later exploration of the rest of the solar system using unmanned probes (though on a smaller scale than the US did), and Russia still has an active space program.

On a related note, in 2002 I visited the equivalent American institution, the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX, and it is well worth the trip if you are at all interested in space travel.

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