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Originally Posted by lollersk8s View Post
Old Soviet rocket designs were 20-30 years ahead of US:

hr long video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMbl_ofF3AM




In general the soviets won the early stages: First satellite, first man in space, first woman, first photos of back side of the moon... right into the present too, never mind the moon landing. The Shuttle was a mediocre hunk of junk. Russians built one to study it, because they couldn't understand the motivation behind it's inherently flawed asymmetrical design:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_%28spacecraft%29

....and scrapped the concept realizing it's inferiority. Eventually so did the US - up until last year we were buying Russian rockets....http://www.space.com/1438-chapter-op...ompromise.html


Anyway for a while we did the smart thing and cooperated - first joint project in 1975: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo%...z_Test_Project


Sadly politicians can't keep their egos in check so thanks to Mr Sanctions we get this now: http://www.space.com/25339-nasa-susp...n-ukraine.html




TW: unpatriotic, commie, lollergay

Will watch later - sounds interesting. I could have sworn I saw an edition of "Discover" where the Soviets were building a shuttle. Then I never heard of it again.
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