Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

A world-class exhibition, bringing together real space artefacts, papers and associated materials for the first time in the UK  coming soon to the Science Museum, London. In 1957 Russia launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, into space and just … Continue reading

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Cosmonaut curator – wanted!

The Science Museum is currently looking for a ‘Cosmonaut curator’, fluent in Russian, and able to negotiate with Russian museums. This suggests to use that early planning is afoot for a big development in their coverage of the Soviet space … Continue reading

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How to drop-in on the party

Thinking of how you might make a grand entrance at this years Yuri’s Night party? Could go for the Ivan Ivanisovich drop from above. Yuri and his fellow cosmonauts took to dropping down elevator shafts onto cushions in an attempt … Continue reading

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Launch & orbital phase

Two hours before take-off, the selected cosmonaut ascended to the top of the gantry in an elevator and climbed into the crew capsule through a round hatchway. Pad technicians then sealed the hatch into place with 36 explosive bolts. These … Continue reading

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Ejection before landing

Mission planners avoided splashdowns at sea, in case US Navy ships were in the recovery area with surveillance cameras at the ready. Instead the Vostok crew modules were brought down on land, safely within Soviet territory. The favoured touchdown site … Continue reading

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