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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

This exhibition ran until Saturday 12 March 2016 and is now closed.  
Take a look at the Google Cultural Institute's online record of the Cosmonauts exhibition

***** 'Colossal' The Telegraph | ***** ‘Must see’ Londonist | 'An outstanding collection’ – New Scientist | 'Gripping'The Observer | 'Be uplifted, transported, taken out of this world’Nature

In 1957 Russia launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into space and just four years later sent the first ever human – Yuri Gagarin. The exhibition uncovered the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space in a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age revealed the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK, 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. 

The exhibition explored the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. It also displayed poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight, revealing the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.

'You will leave Cosmonauts with a different view of humanity's place in the cosmos'
– Professor Brian Cox on his visit to Cosmonauts – watch the video

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition trailer

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

The story of Russian space travel told in a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

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With additional support from:

The Blavatnik Family Foundation