Author Archives: P Hodkinson

Gagarin’s Flight map at Bonhams

Among a space theme at Bonhams New York office is a piece of Gagarin history. Fancy a punt? Lot 14 GAGARIN’S FLIGHT MAP Москва; Ленинграц. [Moscow; Leningrad]. US$ 800 – 1,200 £620 – 920 Space History 20 July, 13:00 EDT … Continue reading

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Animated book summary

Yuri Gagarin will forever be known as the first man in outer space. The Russian cosmonaut’s 108 minute journey was the start of his short but eventful second life as an international hero. Here is a nice approach to his … Continue reading

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Tissue-equivalent mannequin

In 1969 this cosmonaut mannequin was sent around the Moon in the Zond 7 spacecraft as a precursor to a manned mission. Sensors were set into its body to measure radiation levels. Its face is in the image of Yuri … Continue reading

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Space jetpack

This unit was trialled in spaced by cosmonauts Viktorenko and Serebrov in 1990. It allowed a cosmonaut to manoeuvre independently in space. The cosmonaut would wear it like a backpack, operating controls on the hand panels. It propels the cosmonaut … Continue reading

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Soyuz-T Neptune console

This console gives the Soyuz module’s crew information on the spacecraft’s condition and trajectory. It provides a keyboard interface with the spacecraft’s computer for inputing commands during manoeuvering, docking, descent and landing. The small globe displays the craft’s position over … Continue reading

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