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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

SOKOL space suit
SOKOL space suit worn by Helen Sharman in 1991, manufactured by 'Zvezda'. © Science & Society Picture Library

Discover dramatic stories of Russian space exploration this new temporary exhibition. Opening November 2014 and running for 6 months.

For the first time in the UK, the remarkable story of Russian scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age is to be explored in a landmark new exhibition at the Science Museum.

Cosmonauts will bring to life the stories of Russian space endeavour to dramatic life through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen either outside Russia.

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. Cosmonauts 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.

Cosmonauts represents a major collaboration between the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and draws on the support of many institutions and individuals in the UK and Russia to bring together the most significant collection of space artefacts ever to leave Russia.

Further information about the exhibition will be available here over the coming months.