Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
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Science Museum, London until 13 March 2016
In 1957 Russia launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into space and just four years later sent the first ever human – Yuri Gagarin. Discover the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
See the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK. Come face-to-face with Vostok-6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space, or examine the fascinating gadgets cosmonauts need to live in space, including a space shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.
Explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russia’s yearning for space, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. See poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight and discover the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.
Open daily 10:00-18:00, until 20:00 every Friday and until 19:00 during school holidays
Child Policy -
Children are aged 12 to 16 years of age
- The Science Museum, The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries, London, London, EC2Y 5HN
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