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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:23 pm 
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I wonder if anyone else heard this remarkable programme? (hopefully they'll put it up on the iplayer eventually). A real quality piece of radio broadcasting this was:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zzz2d

The story of the pioneering risks taken by the Soviet Space Programme are truly startling - but I'm glad the rhetoric is now softening to honour their amazing achievements for what they actually are: True feats of daring exploration. At the time I appreciate the whole thing had a very different edge to it. Propaganda-wise these feelings took a long while to fade. I recall watching a TV documentary on the Soviet Lunar Programme with lots of rusty old space machines and lunar landing module prototypes rusting in sheds and fields in Russia. This was only 1992 and the triumphal tone must have infected me because I wrote a witty little ditty for my Sixth Form College newsletter, which I still have (I was 16 at the time):

COSMONAUTS CAN'T FLY

Cosmonauts can't fly,
It was all a big Soviet lie.
Their spacemen were a fake,
Not one space rocket could they make.
No Cosmonaut could fly,
But they tricked every Western spy.
Those photos of Space Station Mir were a fraud,
It was just a model made out of cardboard.
No Cosmonaut could fly,
Whenever they tried they could only get 5 feet high.
It's now a fact they can't deny,
Soviet Cosmonauts could not fly.


Well, Cosmonauts certainly could fly, and very brave they were too! They're still flying today. And the Soyuz rockets are still going strong even as the Space Shuttle is being retired. Hats off to them!

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The Soviets certainly were brave, but there are little known disasters that even now are not talked about either in Russia or the West although they are semi public knowledge. There was loss of life involved and personal tragedy. But they knew the risks as did Western space pioneers, but in general the West published these tragedies.

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The title of the thread's wrong. Instead of the calling it "The Communist Cosmos", that should have been: "The State Capitalist Cosmos". Just thought I'd let you know. :wink:

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There's also a photo set on the BBC News website today on early space flight missions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12953807

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By the way - I just checked the link I posted above (in my opening post) and this broadcast is now available to listen to for anyone interested who missed it. :)

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