Sixty Years Since the First Human Space Flight

The National Library of Russia presents the exhibition "Let's go!": Space for Adults and Children. The exhibition celebrating sixty years since historic Gagarin's spaceflight was opened on 8 April in the New Building (Moskovsky Prospekt, 165).

At the opening of the exhibition, the Library invited everyone to take the quest. Visitors found themselves at the project of the Martian space station, conducted their own experiment, deciphered the Sergei Korolev's message for future space explorers, learned the history of aeronautics and space exploration. They also calculated how many constellations are there in the sky and when their boundaries were determined.

The exhibition tells about the structure of the universe and the solar system, about the aerospace industry, about the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite and the first space flights, about such iconic figures in space exploration as the first  cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the rocket  engineer Sergey Korolev,  Alexei Leonov who conducted the first spacewalk.

Well-known popularizers of space exploration and astronomy made speeches at the opening of the exhibition. The science fiction writer and science journalist Anton Pervushin noted the Yuri Gagarin significance in space history, “Returning from space, Gagarin faced an emergency. The re-entry spacecraft did not separate from the equipment module for a long time. When the astronaut descended along a very steep trajectory, he experienced the maximum overload. Gagarin landed far from the planned touchdown point. Therefore, for his 108 minutes of flight, Gagarin experienced a lot. He accomplished a real feat, ”said Pervushin.

Among the exhibits are rare editions from the collections of the National Library of Russia. These are Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's important works  Exploration of Outer Space by Means of Rocket Devices (Kaluga, 1914) and Formation of the Earth and Solar Systems (Kaluga, 1915), as well as a collection of scientists' speeches The First Artificial Satellite of the Earth (Moscow, 1957) and Valentin Gagarin's story My brother Yuri (Moscow, 1972) and others.

At the exhibition you can see the photo album To Lovely, Glorious Dogs - Laika, Belka, Strelka for Service in Space Conquest, the Preservation of the Lives and Health of Aviators and Cosmonauts (Moscow, Voronezh, 2007), containing docuiments and photographs from the archive of the State Research Institute of Military Medicine of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Part of the exhibition is related to the projects of the colonization of the Moon and Mars, the construction of space settlements and the future exploration of neighboring planets. The exposition also features contemporary space literature, colorful albums and encyclopedias for children.

The exhibition will run until 10 June.

Entry to the exhibition is free for everyone.