My father is the “sky” person who has always been dreaming about flying as high as possible… Since he could not become a pilot for health reasons, he became a paratrooper officer and made 2000 jumps with parashute. The space exploration has been fascinating him for ages. I obviously inherited some fo this fascination, since I love airplanes and everything that can take me higher :).
This time when I was visiting my parents in Moscow my father was delighted to show me and my mom the new Space museum. As you can imagine, Russia has something to show in that area…
This museum, the only one of its kind, situated inside an enormous monument to the explorers of the cosmos, is well worth the visit, not least for the nostalgia it should inspire in anyone who grew up in the heady days of the space race. The displays trace the history of space exploration, including the first interplanetary satellite flights, the first dogs in space and man’s journeys to the cosmos.
Let me show you some shots I made inside the museum.
My parents – by the way, they now live just next to the Zvezdnyi Gorodok “Startown” by Moscow, where all cosmonauts are being trained:
We saw an interesting documentary about the history of Space exploration. Juri Gagarin, the first ever human in space:
his smile is unforgettable!
The typical space costume live:
The clothes cosmonauts wear inside a spaceship:
There’s plenty of fun gadgetry, plus an excellently conceived display explaining how astronauts survive a space flight, all of which should be interesting for children. The food in the space freezer:
Some food in tubes: cheese, juice, cacao, sauce, soup, etc..
Always wondered about how could people eat in the state of weightlessness? Like in the popular joke about space pen, Russian used simple tricks:
Another founding father, Sergey Korolev who was the head Soviet rocket engineer and designer during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics.
Apart from anything else, the shear aesthetic beauty of the displays should impress. The other-wordly sheen of the hi-tech materials used to construct space craft is extraordinary when seen close-up and, combined with a host of cosmos-themed artwork, the exhibition is a compelling reminder of the time when space exploration was still viewed unequivocally as mankind’s last great adventure.
And finally, the visitors: interestingly there have been many (at least half!) women and girls among them. Welcome to Russia ;).
P.S this post is dedicated to swaps. I know he would love to visit this place 🙂