The purpose of this undergraduate thesis in the fields of Russian Studies and Mathematics at the College of Wooster is to explore the mathematical and cultural implications of the first spacewalk and how it has been perceived over time. The historical perception of this mission is established through discussion of Soviet propaganda practices and the analyzation of initial press coverage after the launch. Modern perceptions are explored through analysis of a recent film dramatization of the mission and how Russian audiences respond to this film. Focus is also given to the theory of orbits and ground tracks to establish a more technical understanding of the complications faced by the cosmonauts involved.


Bowen, Jennifer

Second Advisor

Filimonova, Tatiana


Mathematics; Russian Studies


Algebraic Geometry | Other Applied Mathematics | Slavic Languages and Societies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



© Copyright 2018 Aidan Brown