Richard Hollingham & Alexandra Sankova

October 18, 2020

The first creatures to leave earth’s gravity were not humans, but Soviet dogs. During the Cold War, Soviet scientists sent a number of dogs into space, even orbiting the earth. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with RICHARD HOLLINGHAM, award-winning science and space journalist about his new book: SPACE DOGS: THE STORY OF THE CELEBRATED COSMONAUTS.


Soviets have been fascinated with the promise of travel in outer space and futuristic technology since before the Revolution. Once the “Space Race” began, illustrations of Soviet space accomplishments and imaginary scenes of a bright scientific and technological future could be found in many popular periodicals. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer ALEXANDRA SANKOVA. She, in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum, has produced a beautiful and fascinating book: SOVIET SPACE GRAPHICS: COSMIC VISIONS FROM THE USSR.

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