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Science Museum

Yuri Gagarin – school info

Our actor portraying Yuri Gagarin will talk about how his boyhood dream of flying led him to become a space traveller—or cosmonaut. Recommended for students aged 5 to 16.

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin made history in 1961 when he became the first human to travel into space. His adventure lasted only 108 minutes as he completed a single orbit of the Earth, but his achievement thrilled the world. 

Your students will be hooked as Yuri describes the intensive training he went through to prepare for his mission, and explains what it was like to travel solo in the cramped Vostok spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 28,000 km/h. 

This lively encounter includes plenty of opportunities to ask questions and is an ideal accompaniment to classroom work about space.

Our booking terms for educational groups apply to this event. If you're a general visitor, please see the main event page.

Scheduled dates

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