The Space Race in Soviet Propaganda

In the absence of direct conflict, the Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union compete across all fronts, including social, economic, artistic, and technological. Each triumph in these fields was celebrated as a triumph for the entire ideological system of the Soviet Union, a vindication of their success over capitalism.

Between 1958 and 1963, the Soviet Union was well ahead of the United States in the race to conquer space, as commemorated in some of the following posters, which first appeared as a list on Buzzfeed. The race to the stars, to master that environment and “claim” it, represented the cutting edge in technology, and real life developments directly influenced cultural expressions and public perceptions of what it was to explore space.

“We were born to make the fairy tale come true!”

"We were born to make the fairy tale come true!"

Many of these posters linked foreign exploration to the further expanse of Communism, part of the ideological principle laid out in Marxist dogma about spreading the revolution, breaking down national boundaries and uniting the global proletariat. The historical inevitability enshrined in Marxist ideology meant that logically this would be extended to the Communist exploration of space.

“We will open the distant worlds!”

"We will open the distant worlds!"

All of this endeavor, like all other aspects of Soviet public life, were used to glorify the state.

“Fatherland! You lighted the star of progress and peace. Glory to the science, glory to the labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!”

"Fatherland! You lighted the star of progress and peace. Glory to the science, glory to the labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!"

“Through the worlds and ages.”

"Through the worlds and ages."

As always, it was socialism that was the inspiration for these incredible feats

“Socialism is our launching pad”

"Socialism is our launching pad"

Even the legacy of Lenin, culturally so important, was used in these futuristic representations of the Soviet state, linking the past, present and future

“Glory to the workers of Soviet science and technology!”

"Glory to the workers of Soviet science and technology!"

“With Lenin’s name!”

"With Lenin’s name!"

Soviet propaganda was expressly linked to current events, pervasive, and dominant, used to glorify Communism and the ideals of the Soviet Union

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