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 four years later sent the first ever human – Yuri Gagarin. Discover the dramatic story of how Russia became the first nation to conquer space exploration in this landmark new exhibition coming soon.

Cosmonauts will reveal 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 Tereshcova, the first ever woman into space, or examine the fascinating gadgets cosmonauts need to live in zero gravity, including a space shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.

Explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century, and discover the influence it had on Russian culture during this period. 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 and turned the dream of space travel into a reality.

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