Nov 17 2011: Development of Rocket Engineering in the U.S.S.R.: Soviet Industrial Exhibition (U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences, 1961)

Following yesterday’s fold-out brochure covering Yuri Gagarin’s manned spaceflight, this catalogue for an exhibition of Soviet Rocket Engineering is apparently linked to it, at least insofar as both publications turned up at the same time and place (oddly enough, a cardboard box full of football programmes, sheet music and other print oddments at Colwick Racecourse last Sunday). In this case, we have the cover and illustrations from a 1961 exhibition brochure, produced under the auspices of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences in the immediate aftermath of Gagarin’s landmark achievement (Gagarin is not pictured, but he is mentioned in the final paragraph), which offers a short history of Soviet rocket engineering, from the first theories of liquid propellants as a means to escape Earth’s gravitational pull and enter space, to the launch of Sputnik in 1957, and concluding at the date of publication, with the orbital explorations of Air Force Major Gagarin Yuri Alexyevich himself in 1961.

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