cosmonauts

Fireballs And Wolves: The Horrifying Story Of The First Spacewalk

Fireballs And Wolves: The Horrifying Story Of The First Spacewalk

Almost 60 years ago, we took our first steps into the big, black nothingness of space. Or more specifically, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had the honour of taking the very first space-dip. But this was a rush job — a means for the Soviet Union to shame the US and…

ISS Crew Members ‘Flew Blind’ On Their Way Back To Earth

ISS Crew Members ‘Flew Blind’ On Their Way Back To Earth

While exciting in some ways — homecoming, yay! — the trip home from the International Space Station is a scary enough journey even when everything goes right. Now imagine doing it with no height sensors to tell you how far from the ground you are and when to brace for…

The World As Yuri Gagarin Saw It

The World As Yuri Gagarin Saw It

Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter outer space. In doing so, he didn’t just take humanity into a bold new era of exploration – he also got to see our planet in a way no one else ever had before.