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Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91 -
"The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts: their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down." Flying by night, with no radar or radio, dropping bombs on German positions; remarkable women, all.
obituary  ww2  russia  flight 
july 2013 by infovore
Dreams of Space - Books and Ephemera: Bear in Space (1970)
"Bear in Space has an unusual premise for a children's book. It is the fictional story of a bear who shares film of his vacation to the Moon with his animal friends, but that is not the unusual part." Bear faked his trip; his photographs are clearly manipulated. The child should pick up on that, but will Bear's friends? A Russian tale of space travel from 1970.
books  authenticity  space  russia  children  bear 
february 2013 by infovore
Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage' : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
"So there's a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he's on the phone with Alexei Kosygin — then a high official of the Soviet Union — who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die.

The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes — though no one knows this — won't work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, "cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship.""

The terrible, sad cost of the space race. Warning: contains a graphic image of human remains in an open casket. Also: is, in many ways, very upsetting. But this is history, and it must be documented.
space  russia  spacerace  soyuz  tragedy  sacrifice 
march 2011 by infovore
Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic: case report -- Rogozov and Bermel 339: b4965 -- BMJ
"The Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov’s self operation, undertaken without any other medical professional around, was a testament to determination and the will to life." Rogozov was the surgeon on a Soviet Antarctic expedition, on the ice for a year. When he developed appendicitis, his only choice was to operate... on himself. This remarkable BMJ article draws on his diary to explain what happened. (There are two moderately icky photographs, should you not like that sort of thing).
surgery  science  antarctica  survival  appendicitis  russia  history 
january 2010 by infovore
UFO-SCIENCE - No, this is not antigravitation
"In fact the propeller is really rotating. Russians fix a magnet on their helicopter blades. The device sends a signal to synchronize a movie camera, allowing to visualize efforts and deformations on the blades." Hypnotic, and unnerving.
russia  helicopter  video 
april 2009 by infovore
English Russia » Group Rope Jumping
"It’s new fun in some Russian cities, to jump from the bridge with the rope in a big group, when there is no water under the bridge but raw firm ice, also they use to jump at that same moment when the train is going thru the bridge". The pictures explain it pretty well.
sport  photography  russia  bridge  jumping 
march 2009 by infovore
Докторрр ин дер ролле Fima_Psuchopadt (с) - 65 лет назад была снята блокада Ленинграда
65 years since the end of the siege of Leningrad, this LJ post shows photographs from the late 1940s merged with images of the location in the present. All are striking; some are very sad. Great contextualisation, though.
photography  russia  history  location  photoshop  war  leningrad  merged 
january 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Russia church 'stolen by thieves'
"A 200-year-old church building has disappeared from a village in central Russia, officials from the Russian Orthodox Church say... It was intact in July but some time in early October thieves made off with it brick by brick." Um.
russia  theft  news  funny 
november 2008 by infovore
The Baikonur Cosmodrome - The Big Picture -
"When NASA's last scheduled Space Shuttle mission lands in June of 2010, the United States will not have the capability to get astronauts into space again until the scheduled launch of the new Orion spacecraft in 2015. Over those five years, the U.S. manned space program will be relying heavily on Russia and its Baikonur Cosmodrome facility in Kazakhstan." Wonderful pictures of spaceflight, Russian-style.
bigpicture  photography  space  spaceflight  russia  kazakhstan 
september 2008 by infovore
Gangster who built world's tallest log cabin - Telegraph
"Dominating the skyline of Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia's far north-west, it is believed to be the world's tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft - about half the size of the tower of Big Ben." Wow.
construction  building  architecture  russia  wood  house  skyscraper 
august 2008 by infovore

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