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Astro Info Service Ltd

Established 1982 - Incorporated 2003 - Company No. 4865911


Celebrating 30 years 1982-2012

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The original AIS news magazine on the Soviet Space Programme

Zenit was published by Astro Info Service from June 1985 through December 1992. A total of 64 issues with 2 additional supplements. 

The purpose of the magazine was to collect and distribute the latest information and historical revelations on the Soviet space programme.  Zenit was distributed during the time of great changes within the Soviet Union and at the beginning of global expansion of Internet access and the growth of the World Wide Web.  These new developments afforded the opportunity to react quickly to the latest news and review  aspects of space history previously unavailable in the west.

Zenit was created by a small group of enthusiasts  who volunteered their time and knowledge to produce a magazine which grew in popularity and authenticity.  Central to each issue was the dedicated editorship of Neville Kidger who devoted many hours of his limited free time to produce not only Zenit, but also contribute each month to the British Interplanetary Society magazine Spaceflight as well as holding down a full time job. Contributions to the magazine came from across the world and provided informative accounts, not only of current operations, but also re-visiting historic events and projecting the aims of the Soviet space programme in the coming years.  Leading contributors included Phil Clark, Rex Hall, Brian Harvey, Phil Mills, James Oberg and Andy Salmon,  just to name a few.

Neville Kidger

Neville Kidger (right), editor of the Zenit talks with Soviet Cosmonaut Georgi Grechko April 1994


Zenit Jun 1985

Issue 1-22

June 1985 - December 1988

Zenit Jan 1989

Issue 23-34

January 1989-December 1989

Zenit Jan 1990

Issue 35-64

January 1990-December 1992


Zenit Publications From AIS


AIS has produced a CD containing all 64  issues plus specials of the original ZENIT magazine together with a 1985 book on the Soviet Cosmonaut Detachment compiled by Rex Hall and Dave Shayler. The CD also includes a complete index by author, issue or topic all in pdf form.

For further details of the ZENIT CD

CLICK HERE or on the image

To celebrate the renewed interest in ZENIT and the Cold War Space Sleuths book edited by Dominic Phelan, we have produced a commemorative 65th issue of ZENIT to add to your collections, with contributions from leading Soviet and Russian space authors.

For further details of the ZENIT No.65 Spring 2013 Special Edition

CLICK HERE or on the image

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