Science Museum to uncover the dramatic stories of Russian space exploration in first ever UK exhibition


‘Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever’,
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1911, Russian rocket scientist and pioneer of cosmonautics.

The most significant collection of space artefacts ever to leave Russia will be the centrepiece of a landmark new exhibition at the Science Museum.

Under the working title of ‘Russia’s Space Quest’, this exhibition will explore the remarkable story of Russian scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age.

In 1957 Soviet Russia launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, and four years later it sent the first human into space – Yuri Gagarin. However, the story of Russian space exploration is much older. ‘Russia’s Space Quest’ will explore the science and technology of Russian space travel in its cultural and spiritual context, revealing a deep rooted national yearning for space that was shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century.

Amongst the star objects on display will be real, cosmonaut-flown spacecraft, pioneering rocket engines, space suits and other life support systems. There will also be examples of the personal and poignant - memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight.

The exhibition will be the headline attraction of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture, a year-long programme of events that will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of both countries.

‘Russia’s Space Quest’ represents a major collaboration between the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos. It draws on the support of many institutions and individuals in the UK and Russia to bring together a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never been seen either outside Russia or in public.

‘Russia’s Space Quest’ will open in autumn 2014 and run for six months.

Notes to Editors

This exhibition is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

If you are interested in finding out how you can support this prestigious exhibition and be part of this world-class, cross-cultural collaboration which highlights Russian culture and ingenuity then please contact:

Amanda Kaye
Senior Development Executive
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 4028

About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.