Soviet Space Program

… … … Much of the program was classified until the 1980s, which makes the new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, “Cosmonauts: The Birth of the Space Age,” all the more fascinating.

In collaboration with the State Museum Exhibition Centre ROSIZO and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, the exhibition contains the largest collection of Soviet spacecraft and artifacts ever exhibited outside of Russia. Noteworthy artifacts include the 1955 engineering model for a dog ejector seat and suit, and the Vostok-6 descent module used by Tereshkova, charred from re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.

Below are some of the highlights of the exhibition, which opens on September 18, 2015. … … …

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