• Taking Stock of Vostok

    *_Well, "they finally made it.":http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/world/europe/russian-scientists-bore-into-ancient-antarctic-lake.html Russian drilling expeditions have been boring through ice in and around the Vostok research outpost on the East...

  • The Handsome Stuff: How Yuri Gagarin was Selected to be the First Cosmonaut

    If you've read Tom Wolfe’s canonical space history “The Right Stuff,” or seen the famous movie adaptation, you know something of the grueling selection process of America’s Mercury astronaut.