Into the Cosmos
Space Exploration and Soviet Culture
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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The editors would like to first and foremost thank Peter Kracht, editorial director of the University of Pittsburgh Press. Peter read the entire manuscript and offered insightful...
Introduction: Space Exploration in the Soviet Context
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During the Cold War the space program represented an important marker of Soviet claims to global superpower status. The achievements...
Part I. The Space Project
1. The Cultural Spaces of the Soviet Cosmos
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In the late 1990s, when I arrived as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, I found the small Russian-language community of mostly graduate...
2. Getting Ready for Krushchev’s Sputnik
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By the late nineteenth century a myriad of popular science journals started to discuss the possibility of exploring the cosmos. This developing space culture...
Part II. Myth and Reality in the Soviet Space Program
3. Cosmic Contradictions
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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sputnik and its successors have been the subject of a vast literature that has generally split into two distinct categories...
4. The Human inside a Propaganda Machine
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On April 11, 1961, as Nikita Khrushchev was resting in his vacation residence at the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda, he received a telephone call. The head of the Military...
5. The Sincere Deceiver
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The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin once remarked to a curious Canadian journalist: “A lie is never a fair means to achieve a goal. I do not believe that conditions...
6. Cold War Celebrity and theCourageous Canine Scout
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In the gripping Cold War contest that was the space race, the feats of astronauts and cosmonauts marked some of the most iconic moments of the twentieth century...
Part III. The Soviet Space Program and the Cultural Front
7. Cosmic Enlightenment
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If, as Oscar Wilde said, a man is half of what he is and half of what he wants to be, wrote the Russian writer Viktor Pelevin, “then the Soviet children of the Sixties...
8. She Orbits over the Sex Barrier
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On June 16, 1963, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, a twenty-sixyear- old Soviet “everywoman” blasted off aboard Vostok 6 to become the first woman in space...
9. From the Kitchen into Orbit
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The Cold War over consumer goods between the United States and the Soviet Union literally began in the kitchen. It was in the American kitchen that U.S...
10. Cold War Theaters
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On August 6, 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut German Titov became only the second person to orbit Earth. With this accomplishment Titov became a global figure...
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Page Count: 344
Illustrations: 13 b&w Illustrations
Publication Year: 2011