Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

This is a small but rather interesting exposition in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Zhitomir, Ukraine. Basically, now Ukraine is a country without its own space program, so it’s a Museum of Soviet Cosmonautics rather than of just Ukrainian Cosmonautics (which is non-existent). Why then Zhitomir? Because it’s the birthplace of the “father of Soviet Russian cosmonautics” – Sergei Korolev, creator of the first Soviet rockets including the one which first took man into space. Thanks to the blogger Komariv we have a chance to see the exposition now!

 

In the first photo on top you can see the ascent module of geo-physical rocket P-5B.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Some models.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

“Soyuz” and “Dnepr” Russian space rockets but basically those were just the army missiles R-7A and R-36M modified to suit cosmos exploration needs..

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Real Lunokhod-2  – Russian moon rover.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Here is a human for scale. Pretty big machine it was!

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Soyuz space ship in real life scale.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

This Soyuz is suspended from the ceiling.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

On the right – barely seen in silver is a Vostok space rocket model – the one which took Gagarin into space.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

For some reason parts of exposition are not properly lit up.Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Vostok-1 descent module – the Gagarin module.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Here it is with a Gagarin mock figure inside.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

It was very tight inside, and as you see no screens were present at time, he couldn’t kill time watching something or playing – he had to watch just rough number scales and a rotating globe for hours on end!

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Various Cosmos connected things.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Cosmonaut’s space suit.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

And this was a two seater – from Soyuz 27.

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Here is one seat – another is on the left. Also very tight!

Soviet Cosmonautics Museum in Zhitomir

Basically that’s all! Thanks to Komariv again for the photos!

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