Retro-future 1960s documentary explains the Soviet Union's plan to colonize the moon

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Aug 21, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

Welcome to the alternate future, in which the Soviet Union beat the U.S. to the moon and set up this insanely retro sci-fi lunar colony. It's glorious.

Dubbed Luna (aka Moon in English), this 1965 futuristic documentary was created by Soviet artist and filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev. According to the New Statesman, Klushantsev was a huge fan of utopias, space travel and futurism, and he put all those together for some insanely cool pseudo-docs in the 1950s and 1960s.

The first half of the clip, which is restored in glorious color, focuses on real-life Soviet space travel success like cosmonaut Alexey Leonov’s space walk. But from there the filmmaker takes off into the stunning retro-future we’ve always deserved, with insanely huge spacesuits and plans for a utopian lunar base.

Here’s an excerpt from the New Statesman’s stellar report on the footage:

Klushantsev envisions teams of suited cosmonauts clambering over the lunar surface, climbing its mountains and surveying its ridges. These are film sets, with actors, but one of Klushantsev's great achievements is that there's little difference (to the casual eye, at least) between footage like that of Leonov's spacewalk and Klushantsev's Moontopia.

Check out the documentary below and marvel at the retro-future that could’ve been:

(Via New Statesman)