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Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-16-2013 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The largest ever festival of Russian and British culture is being launched in hundreds of events across both countries in 2014, including a giant exhibition at the Science Museum in London next autumn on the Soviet space program, The Guardian reports.
...including real spacecraft, recreating the excitement of the years between 1957 when Sputnik was launched, and 1961 when the rest of the world watched in astonishment as first a Russian dog and then a Russian man became the first earthlings to look down on the small blue planet.

The director of the Science Museum, Ian Blatchford, said such an exhibition, the science equivalent of the British Museum's legendary Tutankhamun exhibition, had long been a dream of his curators. It will include many objects from museums, space centres and archives which have never left Russia before and in many cases never been exhibited there either.

Full details are not being disclosed yet...


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posted 11-16-2013 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel a trip to London is going to happen.


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Yes, indeed Chris!

Robert Pearlman

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posted 04-10-2014 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Science Museum release
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

Discover dramatic stories of Russian space exploration this new temporary exhibition. Opening November 2014 and running for 6 months.

For the first time in the UK, the remarkable story of Russian scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age is to be explored in a landmark new exhibition at the Science Museum.

Cosmonauts will bring to life the stories of Russian space endeavour to dramatic life through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen either outside Russia.

In 1957 Soviet Russia launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, and four years later it sent the first human into space - Yuri Gagarin. However, the story of Russian space exploration is much older. Cosmonauts will explore the science and technology of Russian space travel in its cultural and spiritual context, revealing a deep rooted national yearning for space that was shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century.

Amongst the star objects on display will be real, cosmonaut-flown spacecraft, pioneering rocket engines, space suits and other life support systems. There will also be examples of the personal and poignant - memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight.

Cosmonauts represents a major collaboration between the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and draws on the support of many institutions and individuals in the UK and Russia to bring together the most significant collection of space artefacts ever to leave Russia.

Further information about the exhibition will be available here over the coming months.

(Information regarding the companion book to this exhibition can be found here.)

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