In today's edition of the BBC's online page comes a story about the USSR's earliest cosmonauts, and the engineering geniuses who launched them into space, and returned them safely to Earth.
The piece is a fine overview of the Soviet space program's first successes, and, just as importantly, it makes a point to highlight the contributions of Chief Designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, a man whose identity was kept secret for years.
On Monday I wrote about Yuri Gagarin and his Vostok 1 spacecraft. That flight marked man's first space trip. My fascination with the Soviet side of all things cosmos continues....
by Richard Hollingham
The Soviet Union did not have many of the same technological advances enjoyed by NASA – but that didn’t stop them leaping ahead of the Americans into space. Here’s how.