1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow November 15, 2009

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:

The figure of space-father Ziolkovskiy  who was an Imperial Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory.

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 🙂

LOVE, axinia


13 Responses to “The Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow”

  1. Caleb Williams Says:

    A fascinating post, Axinia!

    I agree with what you say about the sheer aesthetic beauty and hi-tech sheen of the otherworldly materials used to construct the space crafts and rockets. I am reminded of 1950s and 60s sci-fi film classics looking at the cosmonaut’s clothes and the technology that propelled them through the skies.

    Also, i must say I very much like your photos of visitors. They remind me of others you’ve taken of people sitting quietly with their own thoughts, in their own “inner -space”, in Moscow, Prague and Vienna and uploaded to fb in the past. In particular I can single out the image of the girl in black, with the blond hair obscuring her features and the red stiletto boots, as a great “capture”!

    Thanks for this interesting post and the thoughts that accompany it. B.T.W. I have just finished an interesting book by the scholar Orlando Figes written in English called “Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia” … it’s an exceptional history of the Russian culture and people from the founding of St. Petersburg on the barren marshlands of the Neva after 1703 through to composers like Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Prokovief and Shostakovich and how they coped – or did not cope – with soviet world of the 20th century.

    I was particularly moved by the plight of the nation during the Stalinist terror, the thousands and thousands who were consigned to the gulags, and the amazing national resistance – commemorated by poets like Akhamatova – as the cataclysmic events of the second world war unwound on Russian soil, a really fascinating book!

    Hope all’s well with you in Vienna!


    • axinia Says:

      Caleb, what an honour again, to get your highly knowledgable -as ever- comment! Thank you, dear.
      The book sounds interesting, I would like to have a look a the preview… Yes, Russia can be amazing.

  2. sakhi Says:

    Wow… what a place to visit and i do think swaps would love to go to this place and then come back and smirk!! 😀 😀

    Thanks axinia for sharing this with us.


  3. Nita Says:

    Nice photos Axinia. Lovely to see your parents.

  4. swaps Says:

    Thanks Axinia! 🙂

    AS a child Soviet Union was a big deal with me esp because of their rockets. Else I might not have been so interested in Russia and we might never have met!!

    I still have Soviet books for children on space exploration (some in my mother tongue!).

    I think one day I will visit this museum …isn’t Moscow full of museums.

    • axinia Says:

      Moscow is full fo musesum, like Vienna…I think many big cities are…In Vienna we have 400 museums!! (for 2 MIo population), there is even one FUNERAL CULTURE museum. :)))

  5. swaps Says:

    And your next stop, Axinia….here:

    Make your reservation NOW!! 🙂

  6. Beautiful photos, Axinia 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Didn’t they honour the poor animals they sent to die in space? 😦

    • axinia Says:

      they did!!! i forgot to take photos, sorry, but they really did! 🙂

      • I’m glad to hear they remembered the poor creatures that were sent to their deaths against their will 😐 It’s the least one can do for those that gave up their lives so that clothed-apes-with-opposable-thumbs could have a comfortable journey into uncharted territory 😐

        The long handled spoon reminds me of the joke about the difference between heaven and hell 😀

        • axinia Says:

          hey, what is about this joke? I think I don’t know what you mean.

          • Here is the joke, Axinia 😉

            A man spoke with “God” about “heaven” and “hell”. “God” said to the man, “Come, I will show you hell.”

            They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.

            “Come, now I will show you heaven,” “God” said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first — the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. “I don’t understand,” said the man. “Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?”

            “God” smiled, “Ah, it is simple,” he said. “Here they have learned to feed each other.”


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