Luna 3 took these images on 7 October 1959, the very first views of the far side of the moon. It took 29 pictures for 40 minutes. The film was developed, dried, then scanned by a cathode ray television system inside the probe itself. Images were eventually received on earth two weeks later, 17 of the 29 actually useable. Earlier attempts were made but the probe was too far away and the images noisy.
This is the story of three Swedish explorers that attempted to cross the North Pole in a balloon in 1897. Their expedition failed and they never returned, but their camera and undeveloped film was found and their journey was retraced using the photographs.
The first photo is the downed balloon, which lasted only 65 hours. The second photo is from the Parisian balloon factory where their balloon was made (imagine living in a time where there are still balloon factories!), and the third is a sketch for their shelter where they planned to winter, though they died shortly after they built it from eating undercooked polar bear meat.
Science Museum Oklahoma to commemorate Discovery shuttle
Science Museum Oklahoma will provide live coverage of Discovery, NASA’s Shuttle, being permanently moved to Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Va.
“Final Destination: Discovery’s Journey Ends,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.
To commemorate Discovery’s final journey, the museum, 2100 NE 52, will be streaming live coverage of Discovery’s move from Florida, atop a Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. The museum will also have multiple hands-on, space-based experiments and aerospace artifact stations available for guests with which to interact.
Alexei Gubarev and Vladimír Remek (Czechoslovakia), crew of Soyuz 28. They spent 7 days in space onboard Salyut 6. This was the first manned flight in the Interkosmos program, making Vladimír Remek the first person in space who was not a Soviet or American citizen. (1978)
Photos like this could pass for a Cold War-era Russian propaganda program, or perhaps shots straight from the set of the movie Moonraker — if not for a stray pair of late-20th century sneakers.
Renowned fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, now 72, actually created these images for the December 1999 issue of Russian Vogue.
In the images, supermodel Natalia Semanova mingles with real-life cosmonauts at Star City, a town northeast of Moscow and home of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, where for more than 50 years the Russian Federal Space Agency has trained willing citizens to fly in space. (Recently they’ve also been trained to survive 520 days inside a tin can.)
The photos experienced a recent resurgence in social media circles, so Wired tracked down Elgort to learn more about the timeless photos.