The Russian Space Museum

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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.

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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.

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And here her colleague “Belka”.

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And Belka’s partner “Strelka”.

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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.

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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.

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And this one is ground based space communication station “Orbita” or “Orbit”.

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Yuri Gagarin in 1960, during his paratroopers training.

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Another Russian astronaut Pavel Beliaev – during his hard physical trainings.

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The on-board log of the “Vostok” or “The East” space ship – the first manned space ship of 20th century A.D.

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The “soft” space suit with ventilation.

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The landing capsule of “Vostok” ship, in which Gagarin got down from the skies back to the Earth.

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The “Molnia” or “Lightning” satellite. Was the first Soviet telecommunication satellite used for broadcasting of Soviet television too.

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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.

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The “Luna-9”, the continuation of “The Moon” crafts series.

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Also it, view from another side.

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The draft of calculating distances between the Earth and the Venus

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The automatic space station “Mars-1”, the first modern artificial spacecraft launched by humans to Mars.

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First Russian stratospheric missile.

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Different Russian space communication devices from actual crafts, like Buran (to the left).

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The office of Korolev, Russian scientist and inventor, chief of first launches.

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The installation showing the contact between Russian Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5 in space.

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The liquid fuel missile engine for the first stage of the Russian carrying missile “Cosmos”.

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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.

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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.

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First Russian shuttle “Buran”.

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“Soyuz” or “Union” ship, the outside view.

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And now from inside, the upper part.

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And its lower part.

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And it’s pilots chair.

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Three ships together, met in space. The Salyut-6 station, then the space craft “Soyuz” and freight carrier “Progress”.

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The training stand.

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An IL76 aircraft was used to train cosmonauts in zero gravity conditions.

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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.

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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.

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“Orland-D” space suite, was used to get to outer space, and weighted 75 kilos (160lbs).

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The model of Russian “Mir” station.

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Shots from inside as well.

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The “Kitchen”.

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The “Bedroom”.

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Some more food.

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The working office.

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The water supply system. Was used to support astronauts with water conserved by ionic silver during the “Soyuz” spacecrafts flights.

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The landing capsule of “Soyuz” ships, original device.

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The ultra heavy carrying missile.

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“Mars-3” Soviet station.

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“Krechet” space suit.

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“Luna-16” station.

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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”.

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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.

36 thoughts on “The Russian Space Museum”

  1. Soviet Space Program was the greatest ever, it rules in eternity and will never be beaten!
    You have to love Space dogs, too!

  2. Very nice place, I’ve been there. However one thing is sorely missing in this and other space museums in Russia… any type of memorial to the cosmonauts that were lost in accidents.

    Not to dis Gagarin, but no, he wasn’t the first person in space, or even the first one to make it back from space alive. He was just the first one to land on Russian soil and even then he landed off course, at least according to these guys:

      • Man, there are a lot of nuts in the world. If it was fake, don’t you think at the time the Soviets would have claimed it? Just look at the Soviet Space Shuttle. It’s clearly a copied design of the US, just like so much of their tech. Watch the movie “The Inner Circle.” The video lost were only lost recently, come on. Do you really think the whole NASA budget and the millions working on the space project were just a way for JFK to lie to everyone? That’s sad you believe that. You probably believe Obama’s a Kenyan woman, too.

  3. Wow! I’ve been to the space museum a number of times, but it was under remont the last time I was in Moscow. They’ve really improved it! It used to be small and dark, but now it seems large and light, with many more exhibits than previously. I look forward to visiting soon.

    • So called Brain – remont? Remontti? You can´t just take away some letters..:)) eller du kanske kommer frÃ¥n kusten(frÃ¥n franskans remonter som bland annat betyder förse med nya hästar)

      • So called Finik: Remont is Russian for renovation.

        People visiting a Russian site might consider this before giving a philological lecture in Swedish.

        Practice your manners.

    • Remonten skulle vara av ädel härstamning (varmblodshäst), lämplig som ridhäst och ha en mankhöjd av minst 151 cm.

      Viktiga saker skall minsann icke glömmas. Vittu.

  4. Some very interesting history. Would love to check it out in person but this is probably as close as I will ever get. Thanks.

  5. My favorite “English Russia” post so far!. Thank you to the editors for all the information. I hope to visit this museum some day.

  6. This was to be the future of the human race. Instead we got international bankers and other parasites running the planet into the ground.

    Here’s some trivia – von Braun was repeatedly accused of communist sympathies and was even locked up until Speer convinced Hitler that he was critical for the German rocket program. Once the USSR got the upper hand, von Braun & his staff had a meeting where they talked about defecting to the USSR but given the brutality of the soldiers they doubted they would survive so they defected to the US instead.

    Post war history would have been very different.

  7. I love the article and page, but PLEASE get someone to clean up your English. And take a math refresher course so you can convert kilos to pounds.
    Thank you.

  8. Gerçekten şimdiye kadar görmediğim ve sizin sayenizde görme fırsatı bulduğum bir sergi.Teşekkür ederim.

  9. The “ultra heavy carrying missile” looks like the N1, the Soviet moon rocket. Comparable to the Saturn V, the four that were built failed.

  10. Unbelievably good info on here I am grateful to have found it, I would highly recommend it for anyone searching for solutions to their problems.

  11. It must have been hard to photograph these pictures. Thanks for the work, it looks like the type of place that I would like to visit some day

  12. Please can you help – I am trying to find out more information related to when you organised a satelitte link up to the space station in 2007 at the Al Ain Airshow.

    Would it be possible to do this again?

    Many thanks


  13. Dear sir

    I have an invention on propulsion drive for space.
    Who can I contact that might be of interest?
    I hope it can be of any help in the Russian space expeditions.

    thanks Josh

  14. Outstanding space history and now I know who other “barkers of great annoyance” (Russian Dog-gononauts are that followed Laika into space. Is there an archivist who cn assist with images of the Russian space program? I have some material to trade from our programs. Thank you. David-aviation-aerospace history researcher, writer and published author.

  15. There is a distict difference between shapes and practical solutions of (Sovyet-)Russian and American space technology that can only be contributed to cultural traditions and esthetic taste. In that respect the Russian solutians are coolest, I think.


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