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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2107
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2107c

In the early 1960s, the Soviets seemed to be the ones with the right stuff, after their rockets hoisted the first satellite and the first person into space. Their head start fizzled, but the space program endured the political events of the next 40 years. Uncover the history of the Soviet and Russian space efforts at this site created by journalist Anatoly Zak, who covered the field for the Moscow newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Get oriented with a timeline spotlighting more than 100 years of developments, from the noodling of the earliest rocket researchers to last year's commercial launches. Click on an interactive map to tour facilities such as the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the main Soviet and Russian launch site since the 1950s. The biography section profiles masterminds such as Sergei Korolev, who survived 6 years in the gulag to become head of Soviet rocket development. The site's news roundup presents the latest on Russian ventures, which might soon include a real space oddity—the first pop star in orbit.


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