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[i]To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Gagarin, a spacecraft instrument from the era will be presented at Cosmodôme in Laval, Québec, during its "Gagarine Day" activities. This will be this artifact's first public presentation in Quebec, and maybe even in Canada. It exemplifies USSR's technological dedication towards its early mastery of space exploration. Other Soviet and Russian artifacts will also be shown.
The most significant item presented is a navigation instrument meant for the first manned Soviet rockets. Called "Globus", it's a miniature terrestrial globe whose displacement exhibits the movement of the spacecraft around its orbit, moved by the most exquisite horological mechanism, the size of a big toaster. The "Globus" shown on Gagarin Day is almost identical to the instrument facing the heroic cosmonaut during his historic hundred and eight minutes in space.
Visitors will be able to observe it closely and witness all of its wheels in movement, second after second: it is truly an early precursor to the GPS! This artifact and others will be presented by their collector, a fan of astronautics from Montreal. A teacher by trade, he will share with visitors of all ages the fascinating genesis of this great human adventure of the twentieth century – fifty years almost to the day after the historic space flight of April 12th, 1961.
There will be animations in both English and French, and maybe in Russian too! Indeed, the Russian community of Canada is part of "Gagarin Day" and will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of this momentous event from its national history.
The activity "Gagarin and the Globus" is available for institutions.
2150, Autoroute des Laurentides
Sunday, April 11th, 2011
from 10am to 13am[/i]
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