Voices from Russia

Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. “Supermoon” in Piter

00 Supermoon in St Petersburg RUSSIA. 22.09.14


The full moon rises in the sky above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St Petersburg on Monday, 8 September 2014. Monday night’s full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final “supermoon” of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon”, occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli built the Smolny convent’s main church between 1748 and 1764, which is now a major landmark in Piter.



Sunday, 12 January 2014

12 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Hare on the Moon

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Hare on the Moon. 2013

The Hare on the Moon

Sergei Yolkin



Any Russian would immediately understand this cartoon and “laugh out loud” (to us, it’s a real LOL). The Wolf is one of the two protagonists in the famous multifilm series Ну, погоди! (Nu, Pogodi!: Well, Just You Wait!). The Wolf could never catch the Hare, his nemesis… just like the Coyote with the Roadrunner, no? By the way, the cartoonists modelled the Wolf after the famous Soviet actor Vladimir Vysotsky… another point that Russians would immediately catch. Vysotsky was a “bad boy”, who died young, but who was THE iconic figure of his generation… many Russian actors and pop musicians still draw inspiration from him today.



The Chinese lunar rover Yutu (Jade Hare) undocked from its lander after effecting a successful soft landing as part of the Chang’e 3 mission to the Moon, and deployed itself on the lunar surfaceSergei Yolkin has some fun with that.

Sergei Yolkin



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Saturday, 21 September 2013

21 September 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. NASA’s LADEE Probe to Study Lunar Atmosphere

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. NASA's LADEE Probe to Study Lunar Atmosphere. 2013


NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is on an unmanned robotic mission to orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface, and environmental influences on lunar dust. The purpose of the mission is to catalogue the composition, density, and variability of the lunar atmosphere.

7 September 2013




Thursday, 28 February 2013

28 February 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Geologists Must Trek into Space!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Geologists Must Trek into Space! 2013

Geologists Must Trek into Space!

Sergei Yolkin



Scientists point up that automated probes can’t fulfil all the tasks on the Moon, so, now, we should start preparing for future lunar geological expeditionsSergei Yolkin takes a light-hearted look at the subject.

29 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin



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