The Soviet Space Program, From Sputnik to 1989, in Postage Stamps

By Rebecca J. Rosen

On this day in 1957, the Soviets successfully sent Sputnik into orbit around Earth, launching not just a satellite, but an age, and spurring on a rivalry that would dominate the coming decades.

To bring back the feeling of the era, we've put together a slideshow of stamps about space from the Soviet Union. Their vivid colors and particular style give us a taste of what the Soviet space program looked like from behind the iron curtain.

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