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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

SOKOL space suit

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

It will be an exciting and rare chance to examine 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 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.

Check this page for more information about the exhibition over the coming months.

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