How about paying a visit to Russian Space exploration museum? If it seems like a good idea then come inside for it.
The Yuri Gagarin greats your in the hall and invites to see seventy more photos of what inside.
This is the world’s first biological satellite, in which Russian dog “Laika” has made its first flight in 1957. It’s of actual size on display.
And here her colleague “Belka”.
And Belka’s partner “Strelka”.
And that’s an ejecting container for animals from the “Sputnik” or satellite. In this container Belka and Strelka dogs got back to Earth in 1960.
That’s boat is called after Gagarin – “Yuri Gagarin scientific research ship”. It was used in establishing links with satellites and Russian manned space missions.
And this one is ground based space communication station “Orbita” or “Orbit”.
Yuri Gagarin in 1960, during his paratroopers training.
Another Russian astronaut Pavel Beliaev – during his hard physical trainings.
The on-board log of the “Vostok” or “The East” space ship – the first manned space ship of 20th century A.D.
The “soft” space suit with ventilation.
The landing capsule of “Vostok” ship, in which Gagarin got down from the skies back to the Earth.
The “Molnia” or “Lightning” satellite. Was the first Soviet telecommunication satellite used for broadcasting of Soviet television too.
The “Luna-1″ or “Moon-1″ station. The world’s first space craft reaching the second space speed. After coming out from the Earth gravitational field it became the first artificial Sun orbiter.
The “Luna-9″, the continuation of “The Moon” crafts series.
Also it, view from another side.
The draft of calculating distances between the Earth and the Venus
The automatic space station “Mars-1″, the first modern artificial spacecraft launched by humans to Mars.
First Russian stratospheric missile.
Different Russian space communication devices from actual crafts, like Buran (to the left).
The office of Korolev, Russian scientist and inventor, chief of first launches.
The installation showing the contact between Russian Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5 in space.
The liquid fuel missile engine for the first stage of the Russian carrying missile “Cosmos”.
The actual real space suit from the Soviet mission called “Hawk”, weights 20 kg (around 36 lbs) and goes together with the life sustainment system placed in the backpack.
Another Soviet space suit, “Hawk-K”, but twice as lighter than previous, around 10 kilo (or 17 lbs). Also goes with hand held ventilation device. You might have seen astronauts holding some cases in their hands while on march to the launch site. They used it to hold this kind of devices which ventilated their space suits for some need.
First Russian shuttle “Buran”.
“Soyuz” or “Union” ship, the outside view.
And now from inside, the upper part.
And its lower part.
And it’s pilots chair.
Three ships together, met in space. The Salyut-6 station, then the space craft “Soyuz” and freight carrier “Progress”.
The training stand.
An IL76 aircraft was used to train cosmonauts in zero gravity conditions.
The chart shows how they were gaining the zero gravity. First the plane got up to 9.5km (33000 feet) peak and then started free fall from that altitude giving the trainees 30 seconds of zero gravity. Then the cycle was repeated again, sometimes tens times during one flight session.
Those are cool: the actual devices that were used by Russian cosmonauts to grow flowers while orbiting Earth on their spacecrafts – bringing the vegetable life to the place it never was supposed to achieve by itself. Real working samples of those devices.
“Orland-D” space suite, was used to get to outer space, and weighted 75 kilos (160lbs).
The model of Russian “Mir” station.
Shots from inside as well.
Some more food.
The working office.
The water supply system. Was used to support astronauts with water conserved by ionic silver during the “Soyuz” spacecrafts flights.
The landing capsule of “Soyuz” ships, original device.
The ultra heavy carrying missile.
“Mars-3″ Soviet station.
“Krechet” space suit.
This device was used to help the astronauts who spent many month on orbit to recover fast. It made vacuum massage for the “cosmonauts lower body”.
In the museum they also have the copy of controls installed in Russian space control communicating centre. On this copy one can also track the location of ISS and to see what’s going on there right now, as well as communicate with astronauts.