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From: Titusville, FL USA
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posted 08-01-2007 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if Russia has a national memorial to their fallen cosmonauts like the U.S. has the Astronaut memorial at Kennedy Space Center?

If so is anyone aware of a decent photo of it?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 08-01-2007 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is the Monument to the Conquerors of Space -- Покорителям космоса -- erected in Moscow in 1964 to celebrate achievements of the Soviet people in space exploration. The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is located inside the base of the monument.

Rex Hall

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posted 08-01-2007 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The answer is formally no but there are points where the individual achievements of certain dead cosmonauts are marked. Gagarin and colleagues in the Kremlin Wall. The graves of Belyayev, Beregovoi, Yegarov and Titov in the Novdevichy cemetery. Many of the top designers are also buried there. Also Anokhin an early Energiya cosmonaut.

Many cosmonauts flown and unflown are buried near where they live. 26 in the cemetery near Star City. Some in central Moscow.

There are key dates mainly the 12 April Cosmonautics Day. I have had the privilege to lay flowers on that day at the Kremlin Wall and it means a lot.

There are web sites in Russia which have a lot of the graves of Soviet and Russian Space cosmonauts and designers.


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From: Shady Side, Md
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posted 08-01-2007 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The August 2007 issue of the British Interplanetary Society's Spaceflight magazine has a chart on page 314 showing the cosmonauts buried in the Leonikha cemetery. Very interesting.


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posted 08-01-2007 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Specifically for "Fallen Cosmonauts," the sites where both Gagarin and Komarov lost their lives in crashes had, hopefully still have, markers erected as memorials on those spots.


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posted 08-01-2007 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was aware of the statue in Robert's post. I guess I just assumed that being a passionate people they would have erected some type of national monument specifically for the fallen.

Rex I am sure the honor of remembering them on April 12th by laying flowers at the Kremlin Wall was something you will never forget.


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posted 08-01-2007 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was in Moscow just a few weeks back, and we stayed at the huge Cosmos Hotel diectly opposite this park. Sadly, the Museum of Cosmonautics was closed while major refurbishment was going on (at least on the outside) so I didn't get in there. However I did get to stroll by and photograph the statues of the early cosmonauts and designers. Does anyone know why there are no statues there for Titov, Nikolayev, Popovich and Bykovsky, as there are for Gagarin, Komarov, Tereshkova, Belyayev and Leonov?

We were also in Red Square and trying to make out the Kremlin Wall plaques commemorating Gagarin and Komarov, but stern guards keep you about 30 metres away from the wall, and when I asked a couple if they could point out Gagarin's plaque they didn't seem to know, even though they understood my query, and just shrugged their shoulders.


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posted 08-01-2007 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andrian Nikolayev has his own tomb within a small Orthodox church in the Chuvash region. A few hundred feet away is a nice museum which houses his related artifacts, including Vostok 3.

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