Wednesday, November 28, 2007

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

Glory to the explorers of space!
A. Leonov, A. Sokolov, 1971

This is a remarkable poster, a result of collaboration between an artist Andrey Sokolov and a Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, who did the painting for this poster.

In 1965 he and Pavel Belyaev were launched on board of Voskhod-2 spaceship. During the flight Leonov became the first person to walk in space. The whole event took 12 minutes of being in open space, and was followed by an accident as due to spacesuit inflation Leonov couldn’t get into the airlock. He managed to keep cool and opened a valve, which drained some of the pressure, allowing him to get inside. Another accident happened at the landing – an automatic space orientation system failed, so they had to get back on manual controls. The landing was safe enough, although the touchdown happened in a far and uninhabited place in taiga - 180 km north of Perm. Due to severe weather conditions the cosmonauts had to spend two days there before being rescued. After this flight Leonov and Belyaev received the highest Soviet award – Hero of the Soviet Union for their personal courage.

Later in 1975 Leonov became the commander of the first joint flight of the US and Soviet Space Programs – the Apollo-Soyuz test project.

The space ship on the painting looks like a Soyuz 7K-OK spaceship. It is flying towards the space station, orbiting the Earth. The painting depicts the romantic intention popular among the soviet people – that all the promising results and space records combined with the very advanced socialist system would very soon pave wave to space for everybody. Why wouldn’t there be apple trees on Mars by 2015?

The Anniversary post!

This is the hundredth soviet poster covered in the blog so far. A kind of a small anniversary, it is. Four and a half month ago on July 12 I published the first poster “We strike the false shockworkers”. Since then many things happened: A Soviet Poster a Day was featured in “Beyond the Beyond” blog by Bruce Sterling on Wired, “The Daily Dish” by Andrew Sullivan, BoingBoing, “Blogs of Note” here on Blogger. I gave interviews to Yahoo.picks and Le Monde – one of the biggest newspapers in France. The blog turned out to be the second most popular English-speaking blog in Top-100 blogs about Russia with a Technorati rating of 534 (so far). Hurray!

I would like to say thanks for coming to everybody, I really appreciate your interest in Soviet art, your valuable comments and support. Thanks again! And there are hundreds of beautiful Soviet posters yet to cover. So it’s going to be fun! ;)

Check the astonishingly beautiful space images at allposters!


Galen Hale said...

Keep it going! I really enjoy all of the posters.

TheJay said...

Congratulations on the one hundredth post and all the acclaim. I stop by every day and enjoy all the perspectives. Thanks for taking the time to present these posters.

Ernie said...

Hi Alex, love your posts. Is there any way you could link to places we can actually get these posters? The site is just generic posters.

B-chan said...

The spacecraft depicted in the poster is not imaginary. It is a dramatic illustration of an actual Soviet spacecraft (a Soyuz 7K-TM) as navigated by Leonov during the Soyuz 19/ASTP mission, 15-21 July 1975.

Keep up the great work! Your site is fantastic!

Alek Davis said...

I read this blog daily. Thank you for insightful posts! Please keep it up.

Daniel Svensson said...
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Daniel Svensson said...

I read this blog every morning and I really like what you give us. I also agree with Ernie, you've posted a HUGE amount of posters, but where can we get these posters? Both original and copies would be much appreciated (as i assume, at least some of, the original ones are pretty expensive).

Sam said...

Congratulations! This is a great blog: beautiful and informative. I love it, thanks!

Hervé said...

Happy Birthday to you !

Donald said...

Really enjoying your posts.

Captain Kosmos said...

Fantastic poster, outstanding work. More SPACE posters, pahzhualsta! Congratulations on reaching such a milestone.

The Pakistani Spectator said...

We have compared the Putin with Pakitani President Musharraf at the following address:

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The Pakistani Spectator said...

We have compared the Putin with Pakitani President Musharraf at the following address:

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Galen said...

So happy to find your blog!!! I have been fascinated by the Soviet posters for several years, and have managed to obtain a few. I'll be doing a lot of reading here. Thanks for all the work you put into your blog and for sharing these posters with us.

Alexander Zakharov said...

Thanks for kind words, people!

Answering to some of the questions.

Where to get these posters?
Some are available at allposters - check the poster links in the right column of the main page of
Well, some time ago i thought i'd open a store myself, but it didn't work out well as i couldn't find a representative in the US, who could handle the shipping and stuff. Anyway, soon i'll be advertising a gallery, which has a great supply of rarities.

Alexander Zakharov said...


You're quiter right. It does look like Soyuz 7 and other Soyuzes. Thank you for the valuable comment.

Alexander Zakharov said...

The Pakistani Spectator

Sorry, i don't think i have enough knowledge to comment on events in Pakistan. I've never been there, although my colleague had gone on a business trip there a couple of weeks ago, right when the whole thing started. He is quite fond of Pakistan, he is.

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