Monday, April 4, 2011
A Fallen Giant: The Soviet Space Industry
by Konstantin Bogdanov, for RIA Novosti Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 04, 2011 Ordinary Russians see little connection between space exploration and economics. If anything, they see expensive space programs as a permanent drain on the nation's resources. Some are inclined to take it personally, as if the dark vacuum of space somehow sucked the money right out of their pockets. Space is beyond the realm of the rational and, therefore, beyond the realm of economics. But Russia's space program was built, in part, by ordinary Russians using ordinary steel. Space exploration was considered a national priority in the Soviet Union, with the funding to match.
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