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About “strange forgetfulness”

The past week was rich not only in events that were happening here and now, but was simply overwhelmed with mass historical events, in particular, one of them related to space exploration by unmanned assault rifles.

For a very long time, the whole world looked with interest at the adventure of the American spacecraft on Mars, at the hard struggle "for the life" of the European research apparatus on the surface of a comet. All this was indeed fascinating and interesting, but why did so few of our media remind us of another historical event that largely predetermined all this? It is clear that in the foreign media we are now not in honor, but ours ...

17 November 1970 of the year, 44 of the year ago, the Luna-17 interplanetary station safely landed in the Sea of ​​Rains.

About “strange forgetfulness”

The world's first reconnaissance planetary rover descended on the lunar soil.

Yes, it is the “first”, it is the “rover” and it is the “scout”. The whole world recognized him as “Lunokhod-1”, aka “8EL Apparatus No. 203”. Which belonged to the series of Soviet remote-controlled self-propelled spacecraft "Lunokhod" for the study of the Moon (project E-8) and which successfully worked on the surface of another celestial body (Moon) eleven lunar days (10,5 of Earth months). This record could not quite recently be repeated by the Chinese with their “lunar rover” “jade hare”.

The device itself was created at the S. Lavochkin Scientific Production Association under the direction of Chief Designer George Nikolaevich Babakin, by the way, November 13 2014 was 100 years old, from the date of his birth.

The start, respectively, of Kazakhstan's Baikonur, the leadership of the "space traveler" was located in the Simferopol center of space communications. And if you still remember that the work of Leningrad and Kharkov designers was invested in the design of the chassis, you understand how everything was intertwined in the USSR.

However, then it surprised no one, but was taken for granted. And although during the lunar journey at the "Lunokhod-1" brakes failed, and he moved only at first speed in the "start-stop" mode (so as not to overheat). So when signing the decree on awarding the creators of the Lunokhod, L. I. Brezhnev said: “I don’t understand what we are rewarding for - what bad brakes, or what engines are good?” But who now “throws a stone at them” for this, people did everything for the first time, and no one could help but point out. But that is not all. For accurate measurements of the distance from the Moon to the Earth, a laser reflector was installed on the Lunokhod-1, which accordingly reflected the laser beam fired from the Earth. So, more than 40 years later, when the Lunokhod-1 was detected on the lunar surface, and a laser signal was sent from the NASA spacecraft, a very clean and powerful response was received in response to what everyone was surprised at. due to the dust content, the “younger” lunar vehicles are much weaker.

So, this reflector was created at our request by the French. Here is such a “hello” to the keeper of gold and “Mistral” Hollande. Were stronger than before the French and succeeded because sought more.

Yes, present times do not allow us to relax, but is it worth forgetting about our glorious past. Looking at what is happening now in Ukraine, I understand, it’s not worth it, but why didn’t those who rely on this memory do not understand it? Here, apparently, there are a lot of questions to which we do not receive answers yet. But it would be time, otherwise we could expect a very dangerous "unconsciousness" ...

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  1. Gray 43
    Gray 43 24 November 2014 14: 07
    Yes, Soviet science has reached such records; some still cannot be beaten. In childhood, one of the iconic toys was precisely the Lunokhod
    1. Nevsky_ZU
      Nevsky_ZU 24 November 2014 14: 12
      Soviet civilization could have shown something different, if there were adequate leaders at the helm:

    2. Sunjar
      Sunjar 24 November 2014 14: 45
      but why so few of our media recalled another historical event that largely predetermined all this? It is clear that in foreign media we are not honored now, but ours ...

      And it's simple: our media is not about that. They are about how we are all bad, and how good beyond the hill. And naturally, the democratic media will not write about the conquests of the USSR, since with democracy we have no such success. Unless at a cut (oh, development) of budget funds.

      Well at least the robbers of the Vostochny cosmodrome under construction are being jailed. Someone already, someone soon.
    3. Giant thought
      Giant thought 24 November 2014 16: 30
      He takes pride in the past successes of Soviet industry and astronautics.
  2. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 24 November 2014 14: 09
    Lunokhod is a fantastic achievement of our engineers and scientists. The "forgetfulness" of Westerners in the context of every belittling of the role of Russia is natural and understandable. We do not need to be silent.
    1. Chertkov Oleg
      Chertkov Oleg 24 November 2014 19: 35
      And there were TWO !!!!!! On the moon!!!
    2. zennon
      zennon 24 November 2014 20: 17
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Lunokhod is a fantastic achievement of our engineers and scientists. The "forgetfulness" of Westerners in the context of every belittling of the role of Russia is natural and understandable. We do not need to be silent.

      And we will not:
      In December 1993, the Lavochkin NGO sold Lunokhod-2, located on the Moon, together with the Luna-21 AMS at Sotheby’s auction in New York for $ 68500 to the astronaut’s son, entrepreneur Richard Garriott, who also flew in October 2008 to International Space Station as a space tourist on the Soyuz TMA-13 ​​spacecraft.

  3. Lyton
    Lyton 24 November 2014 14: 11
    Yes, there is something to be proud of, then we were the first.
    1. GUS
      GUS 24 November 2014 14: 17
      Quote: Lyton
      Yes, there is something to be proud of, then we were the first.

      And we are not the last!
      1. Lyton
        Lyton 24 November 2014 14: 20
        This is without a doubt.
      2. The comment was deleted.
    2. demon1978
      demon1978 24 November 2014 14: 20
      Quote: Lyton
      Yes, there is something to be proud of, then we were the first.

      I completely agree!!!! hi
  4. Sergey-8848
    Sergey-8848 24 November 2014 14: 12
    Romantic times of the Soviet cosmonautics ... Everything that was created was done for the first time. Then it certainly was that our technique had no analogues in the world.
    1. Penelope
      Penelope 24 November 2014 17: 30
      We believe that Russia will again become a space superpower.
  5. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 24 November 2014 14: 15
    American astronaut on the moon
  6. Igarr
    Igarr 24 November 2014 14: 16
    Eh, ".. don't rub salt on my wound ...."
    Remember ... and reliable data from our "Venus ..", much more accurate than the American ones. So much so that they decided that the USSR had reserved Venus for itself, the land of crimson clouds.
    And how many still, shunting ion-jet engines though.
  7. Mikhail m
    Mikhail m 24 November 2014 14: 23
    Now we can only enviously recall those times when romantics and idealists were allowed to work. There were no effective managers and lawyers. There were engineers and scientists.
  8. KBR109
    KBR109 24 November 2014 14: 24
    Gathering the country after the revolutionary collapse. Modernization of the industry. Electrification of the country. The creation of the Air Force. Victory in the Great War. Nuclear weapons and the ocean fleet. Icebreakers and the north. Space. Zero unemployment and confidence in the future. Free medicine and high level education. Army. Social elevators. Housing. EVER WE WILL REMEMBER THIS AND DO NOT TRUST YOURSELF !!!
  9. 97110
    97110 24 November 2014 14: 37
    It would be useful to conduct among the characters who determine the life of Russian mass media, a survey about the knowledge of some facts from the history of the USSR. And not only. I already wrote once about the presenter on the Lighthouse, who did not know who the Dovator was. And who bombed Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Guernica, Coventry? Did the USA fight with our country? Who built the concentration camp on Mudyug? Etc. Let the poll be secret, for official use, not for the record. Because I doubt the sufficiency of their erudition and literacy so much that I consider it impossible to publish this information.
    I am waiting with horror for a film about the moral character of Empress Catherine. No one is interested in how and how much the head of state worked in order to achieve such results. And what is the share of our state in financing this film? I would be glad if I made a mistake and my taxes were also aimed at glorifying a great figure, and not at popularizing licentiousness. And if I’m not mistaken, and I learn a lot about the great Russian statesman, then how much American money, dollars spent on the shooting of this film.
    1. Severomor
      Severomor 24 November 2014 16: 26
      Children with the whole class went to Poklonnaya Gora, Topic: "Children of War". I liked it very much, very good excursion, everything is great, but .... a thematic film was shown, on the street they asked children about pioneer heroes, pioneer partisans, etc., the answer is one - "I don't know", but everyone knows who is Hermione: (((. The wife even shed a tear.
      PS Now I know who Hermione is.
  10. silver303
    silver303 24 November 2014 14: 51
    Many thanks to the author for the reminder. Article plus.
  11. SamSeBse
    SamSeBse 24 November 2014 15: 03
    Start "Buran" ...

    and landing ...
  12. Alcoholic
    Alcoholic 24 November 2014 15: 20
    It is not clear to whom this article is addressed, to those who are here on the site, or are they frivolous fantasies about "stupidity of the nation"?
  13. Alcoholic
    Alcoholic 24 November 2014 15: 23
    By the way, since our "Lunokhod" is so clearly visible, it would be nice to see the forest from the descent modules of the Americans.
    It seems to me they are not there wassat
    1. clidon
      clidon 24 November 2014 16: 27
      It seems to me that you are just a little interested in the topic.
      1. Alcoholic
        Alcoholic 24 November 2014 20: 05
        Yes? I’m not very interested. wassat
        And I still think: what am I so d ...?
        And why can't I find anything fresh on the moon’s landscape, in the areas where the Americans are landing?
        Maybe you're right, maybe I'm stupid and don’t know anything.
        Then skinte links.
        I would be very grateful. Only not fake, but preferably real.
        I have a liter of kefir wassat
        1. clidon
          clidon 24 November 2014 21: 08

          Kefir for yourself in the morning.
          1. Alcoholic
            Alcoholic 24 November 2014 21: 45
            Thank you)) Kefir is waiting for you.
            All the same, the ancient Ukrainians dug up the Black Sea wassat
  14. sv68
    sv68 24 November 2014 16: 24
    thanks to the author, because the generation of Ivanes who don’t remember kinship is growing. It’s very bad that they forgot about those cosmic victories of the great state. We will drive ourselves into the Stone Age by our own unconsciousness. I’m only sure this is a special program to turn a Russian person into an average Envopaitsa means a complete idiot. And alas, it is very well implemented.
  15. Egoza
    Egoza 24 November 2014 17: 21
    Thanks to the author! such reminders are VERY NECESSARY !!! Even those people who are not specifically interested in such topics will simply remember and proudly tell their grandchildren.
    Of course, such topics do not speak in favor of the capitalist current existence, but this should be in the memory and history of Russia.
  16. avvg
    avvg 24 November 2014 18: 35
    A GLORIOUS PAST was a discovery in the field of astronautics, each of us wanted to be an astronaut or a scientist engineer. Everything depends on us, it is necessary to educate a generation of romantic patriots, and not the generation of "PEPSI-COLA". THEN we will be in the forefront in all fields of science.
  17. region58
    region58 24 November 2014 19: 04
    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    Lunokhod is a fantastic achievement of our engineers and scientists.

    So then they were considered the elite of our society - the elite that they were proud of. About those who are now called the elite (with rare exceptions), not a single censorship word comes to mind.
  18. DPN
    DPN 24 November 2014 19: 52
    This is not a strange forgetfulness, but the precepts of the liberals to DESTROY ALL SOVIET AND FORGET, hence the memory is such.
  19. grandfather_Kostya
    grandfather_Kostya 24 November 2014 20: 00
    The picture for Lunokhod-1 is somehow unconvincing, stone-by-stone. I rummaged around for a long time on my disk, but found it only for Lunokhod-2. There, all traces of the wheels are clearly visible.
  20. nvb
    nvb 25 November 2014 08: 35
    In Soviet times, children dreamed of being pilots, astronauts, doctors, teachers. And now managers, lawyers, etc., make dreams come true because of a miserable education. Nobody even stutters about working professions, they are all rectors. .
  21. Dubrovsky
    Dubrovsky 26 November 2014 19: 58
    What tricks the article minusanul?