Russia beneath the sputniks

United Kingdom, 1967

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In 1957 the Soviet Union put the first satellite into space, and since then has achieved other spectacular “firsts” in space. But Soviet scientists are also tackling other problems of more immediate consequence to its 200 million population. The opening up of the frozen deserts of the Arctic Circle and the discovery of minerals there; the chemical compounding of foods; and the use of computers particularly in the field of hospital surgery and medical research are a part of the quiet revolution in progress behind the closed doors of the Soviet Union.



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Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Research, Industrial

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Arctic regions - Discovery and exploration

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Exploration

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Arctic regions - Research


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Soviet Union - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Technology - Social aspects

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Medical technology

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Medicine - Research

History → Science and civilization

History → Technology and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Astronauts - Soviet Union

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Computer software

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Computers

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Engineering - Computer programs

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Medical technology

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Outer space - Exploration

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientists

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technological innovations

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Social aspects

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology and civilization

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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