Space Exploration Illustrated by Soviet Satirical Artists

In Russia and many former soviet republics, Cosmonautics Day has been celebrated each April 12 since the 1961 flight of Yuri Gagarin on that date. His flight inspired millions of Soviets. The Crocodile, USSR satirical magazine, has been publishing curious sci-fi cartoons that were dedicated to space exploration. Here are some of their illustrations.

1969: "Moscow Sea" Moon Crater

1969: “Moscow Sea” Moon Crater

1961: Spring is in the air. It's time to open windows

1961: Spring is in the air. It’s time to open windows

1962: A year has passed since I've fallen in love with you

1962: A year has passed since I’ve fallen in love with you

1962: Cosmic October

1962: Cosmic October

1965: 1st may (International Workers' Day) demonstration

1965: 1st may (International Workers’ Day) demonstration

1970: A commemorative plaque in memory of Lenin

1970: A commemorative plaque in memory of Lenin

1969:

1969: “Hey guys, do you need a space station supervisor?”

– via meduza.io
Related: How Soviet Artists Imagined Communist Life in Space – io9.

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