Sep 13, 2014 9:17 PM
mucholderthen: Vintage Russian Matchbox Graphics celebrating...
Vintage Russian Matchbox Graphics
celebrating early Soviet successes in the space race
- Luna 1 (Mechta) launched in 1959 - the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from Earth and reach the vicinity of the Moon.
- Sputnik 1, launched in October 1957 the first man-made object in space, it spent 3 months in orbit emitting a radio signal for approx a third of that time.
- Sputnik 2 – the second man-made object launched into earth orbit, carrying “Laika” the first living animal to leave our biosphere and enter space.
- The relative distances (in kilometers) between the Earth, Moon, and Sun.
- Luna 2 - the first space craft to reach the surface of the moon where it was purposely crash landed after 33 .5 hours of flight.