Soviets in space! Here’s an interesting set of USSR space propaganda posters. Politics aside, I always thought the Russian space program rocked. Just look at how the Soyuz spaceship is now the only reliable vehicle for taking cosmonauts to orbit, now that the Space Shuttle has been decomissioned. Or consider that the Soviets managed to land a probe in Hell (meaning, of course, planet Venus) and send back some pictures. (via Trivium)
On a related note, Neal Stephenson’s Mother Earth Mother Board, a surprisingly entertaining (at least for me) account of the laying of undersea fiberoptic cables in late 20th century.
Abandoned Soviet monuments that look like they’re from the Future. From a civilization that knows nothing but reinforced concrete, that is.