For all the chutzpah and arrogance of most space engineers, the world's space explorations still depend critically on a Soviet piece of technology from 1967: the Soyuz capsule.
It has outlived all of its competitors, and even played a surprising role in the middle of the Cold War. Check out the video to learn more details of this engineering feat.
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, BBC Future is running a series about the influence of the Soviet Union in science and technology, so stay tuned for more videos this week.
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