Looking at the stars

Following on from yesterday’s post, browse a sampling of the National Air and Space Museum’s aviation and space object collections. There are also photo archives and technical drawings and an amazing cache of drawings, paintings and prints chronicling the early days of the space programme. A very small sampling (more at the things tumblr): Range safety television, Don Brown; Cameramen, Alan E. Cober, 1972; Depiction of a Lunar Module Trainer, Alan E. Cober, undated; Crawler Ready to Pull Back to Gantry, Fletcher Martin, undated; Before Liftoff, Tom O’Hara, 1968; Tourists Waiting for Apollo Launch (above), Nicholas Solovioff, undated; VAB Side View, Apollo 11, Robert T. McCall, 1969.


Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago is a best-seller in Finland in the first Finnish edition since 1978, after a 1974 translation was effectively self-censored and a Finnish-language edition was sent via Sweden. From here: ‘Professor Jukka Kemppinen added that in 1974 Finland had its work cut out for it in getting the Soviet Union to keep its hands off of Finnish affairs. Publishing The Gulag Archipelago would certainly not have been in line with this policy of appeasement. Publishers and authors, and even students followed in the footsteps of the state. Researcher Juhani Sipilä recalled how an appeal was sent from the University of Tampere to Tammi Publishers urging the company to refrain from publishing works by Solzhenitsyn, lest relations with the eastern neighbour be jeopardised. [Publisher Sofi] Oksanen also sees the shadow of self-censorship in Finland to be a long one – as is the case in many other countries, especially Russia. “And self-censorship can be used to destroy a nation’s memory. Reality appears as if through a frosty glass.”’ Via Books from Finland.

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