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This exhibition focuses on one of the most important times in space history, the first years of space discovery by the Russians in the middle of the 20th century.
Russians were the first to turn the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space. Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite was sent in 1957 followed just a few years later by the first ever human – Yuri Gagarin who went to space.
Visitors will discover this epic time with unique spacecraft and artefacts from Russia including Vostok 6: the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space, Voskhod 1: the capsule used on the first mission to carry more than one crew member, LK-3 Lunar Lander: a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with Apollo, a collection of gadgets that cosmonauts – and pioneering space dogs – need to live in space, including a shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.
This conquest of the space presents different aspects, both cultural and spiritual in the context of Russian space travel, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century.