Yuriy Gagarin , first man in space 1961 April 12
LONDON, September 17. The British at the opening in London of the Russian space exhibition will be able to see something that is not available to most Russians – engines of ballistic missiles with space “scars”, personal things of astronauts, subjects of their life in orbit, and even cosmic showers.
The official opening ceremony of the exhibition “The astronauts: the birth of the Space Era” at London’s Science Museum will be held on Thursday with the participation of high-ranking guests from Moscow, including Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, the first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the daughter of the first cosmonaut Elena Gagarina. For the public exhibition will be opened on Friday, September 18. It will work until March 13, 2016.
The exhibition was to be held last year, but was delayed because of problems with the provision of guarantees from the British side. From Moscow it was brought rare exhibits related to the Soviet space program and had never exported outside of Russia. The exposition was prepared in collaboration with the Moscow Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).
“Space exhibition, opens a very important page in the history of the Soviet, Russian state.” – in an interview with RIA Novosti special representative of Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi said – “We were pioneers in this space project – this is one of the largest in the history of our country, indicating the high intellectual level and capacity”, – said the Special Representative.
He noted that “Russia today often positioned as a country with rich energy resources”, but it is important “to reflect it as a country with the highest scientific and technological potential and intelligence.”
This event – “a perfect example of that cultural cooperation between Russia and Britain continues to unite our country in times of political differences,” commented the eve of the opening of the exhibition the Russian ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko.
“The exhibition opens, and we can share not only the knowledge and experience that is acquired in preparation for space flight, but also to talk about plans for the future of the Russian space program,” – he said yesterday at a gala evening Valentina Tereshkova.