New East Digital Archive

Soviet space dreams: looking for the legacy of the USSR’s cult of outer space

Throughout the life of the USSR, outer space was a place of utopia, a zone where science, technology, art and fantasy soared beyond the brute realities of communism. What’s the legacy of those cosmic dreams today?

Event horizon: Scenes from the frontier of extraterrestrial exploration

Cult of the cosmic: How space travel became the unofficial religion of the USSR

Dressing Solaris: Notes from the costume designer of the greatest ever Soviet sci-fi movie

Exhibition space: How the greatest show on earth is counting down to lift-off

Rockets away: The space race remade as child’s play

Inner space: At home with the cosmonauts of Star City