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Crowning Achievements of the Soviet Space Program

In this talk at the Sunriver Library, Cassio de Oliveira will tell the story of how space exploration became a central concern of the Soviet regime. The narrative begins with the influence of rocket scientist (and science fiction author) Konstantin Tsiolkovsky on Soviet scientists since before World War II, and continues through the formation of the Soviet military complex after the war. We will find out more about the secret "Star City" of Baikonur in the Kazakh Steppe, and about Gagarin's transformation into a pop figure after his famous flight.