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Astronautics Museum in Moscow
February 28, 2016 15:15

Achievements of Russian astronautics are presented here with original exhibits, which have been to the outer space.
The museum was opened on April 10, 1981 in honour of the 20th anniversary since the space flight of Yury Gagarin. It is located in the Northeast of Moscow, in its "cosmic" district, where there is a 100-meter monument to Space Conquerors and streets named after founders of the astronautics, such as Korolev, Zander, and Kibalchich.
The museum has the exhibition area of 8.5 000 square meters.
The museum visitors at once plunge into "cosmic" atmosphere: the ticket office and cloak room are located in a hall that imitates the Buran space shuttle. The exhibition starts with the hall Morning of Space Age. Here are models of satellites, the first space station heading to the Venus, the first space suit of an astronaut, effigies of brave astronaut dogs Belka and Strelka, and a model of the ship  with satellite dishes – a sea mobile station, which served to manage satellites from the sea. A screen mounted above the effigies of dogs shows episodes of their training for spaceflight.
The museum visitors can see a spaceship compartment, where astronauts stayed during a flight. From this hall they proceed to the movie theater that screens documentaries about space exploration. Afterwards visitors move on to the Scientists' Corner that is dedicated to life and work of Tsiolkovsky, Zander and Korolev. In the middle of the hall there stands a rocket launched to the space in 1933.
The biggest, two-storeyed hall of the museum is designed to resemble a spaceship and keeps the pearl of the museum – a model of the basic compartment of the space station Mir, the original of which was buried in the Pacific Ocean. The copy is open for all comers — one can enter inside, picture onself as a space explorer and see a beautiful rotating sphere of the Earth model through the window.
The hall displays space suits, astronauts' exercise machines, spacecraft models, and moon rovers. Besides, you can see space food that astronauts eat when in the orbit.
A little Flight Control Center with two huge screens is of great interest. Visitors can observe in real time the crew of astronauts presently working at the International Space Station which in the orbit.
Very captivating is the museum's interactive monitor, which provides you with exhaustive information on stars, planets, galaxies, and black holes.
Open hours:
From 10 am to 7 pm on all days except Monday and Thursday;
From 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday;
Monday is a day off.
The Astronautics Museum is located at the address: 111, Mira Avenue, near VDNKh metro station, Moscow.
The official site of the Astronautics Museum



Author: Vera Ivanova

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