Across Russia and the Eastern Bloc, the Soviet side of the space race was celebrated in massive, colorful murals. And while some of them are starting to crumble, they still stand as inspiring visions of human progress.

Weltall, Erde, Mensch (Space, Earth, People), by Otto Schmutzmeister, Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, 1970

(via Kunst am Bau / DDR)

Laika and an astronaut in the Post Office of Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

(via Urbanpixels)

Space exploration, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

(via Goetz Burggraf)

An astronaut in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

(via Jeder Qm Du)

A relief with the faces of Valentina Tereshkova and Valery Bykovsky on the facade of the administrative center of Karaganda, Kazakhstan

(via Esquire Kazakhstan)

An astronaut inside Ulan-Ude Airport, Buryatia Republic, Russia

A mural at a military base used by Soviet military forces in Germany

(via Chris S)

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, on the wall of an apartment block in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

(via Wassily)

The Vostok-5 and Vostok-6 capsules on a wall in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

(via Polartrec)

A rocket, somewhere in Latvia