13 Nov : A poet’s mind created AK47

Hence proved, Soviet Union is ahead of United states of America in one more thing. After being number 1 in space missions, Soviet Union also completed the prototype of the AK47, one of the first assault rifles, much before America. It took the US ten years before it developed an assault rifle that matched the effectiveness of the AK-47. It was first put into use on this day in 1947 (hence the marking 47). The rifle was designed by Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, back when he was only 27 years old. Interestingly, Kalashnikov is also a poet who published six books. … Continue reading 13 Nov : A poet’s mind created AK47

7 Oct : Moon’s ‘Dark Side’ clicked

‘Dark side’ or the ‘Far side’ of the moon (the surface which is not visible clearly from the earth) could be seen for the first time. Thanks to Luna 3, a Soviet spacecraft launched in 1959 as part of the Luna programme. It was the first ever mission to photograph the far side of the moon. Although the picture quality was very poor as compared to the later standards, the historic never before seen views of the moon were exciting and interesting.  It was the third space probe to be sent to the moon followed by the United States with … Continue reading 7 Oct : Moon’s ‘Dark Side’ clicked

4 Oct : Triple ’S’ created history

’S’oviet Union launched World’s first artificial ’S’atellite ’S’putnik 1 today in 1957. It was named so as ’Sputnik’ is the Russian word for ‘Satellite’. It was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles.  The Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. It was … Continue reading 4 Oct : Triple ’S’ created history

3 Oct : When first man made object reached space

It was this day in 1942 that anything made by man could cross the invisible boundary of space. A German rocket, V-2 A4, launched from Peenemünde, an island off Germany’s Baltic coast became the first known man-made object to reach space, traveling 118 miles. It was also the world’s first long-range guided ballistic missile. Thus, it proved extraordinarily deadly in the wars. Both the United States and the Soviet Union captured samples of the rockets for reproduction–they also captured the scientists responsible for their creation. The V-2 was unique in several ways :  1. It was virtually impossible to intercept. 2. … Continue reading 3 Oct : When first man made object reached space