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Starting with the first man-made satellite 'Sputnik' in 1957 and culminating four years later with the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin, space became a new utopian horizon. This book explores the profound repercussions of the Soviet space exploration program on culture and everyday life in Eastern Europe, especially in the Soviet Union itself.
Spirituality, Transcendence and Soviet Utopianism
Remembering Space, Constructing Heroes
Performing Space in World Politics: Communications and Mediality
Space in Popular Culture
Epilogue: From Utopia to Nostalgia

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