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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

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'Cosmonauts... is a marvel: an exceptional and unprecedented collection of models, drawings, footage and equipment relating to Russia’s singular passion for space travel' -The Telegraph

Boris Staris, 'The fairy tale became truth', 1961 celebrating Yuri Gagarin's mission on 12 April 1961

This book accompanies the critically acclaimed and popular exhibition at London's Science Museum in 2015/6 telling the story of Russia's Cosmonauts. The show represented a major collaboration with the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos and brought together 150 objects that had never before left Russia including Yuri Gargarin's spacesuit, sputnik satellites, Luna lander and Soyuz spacecraft. Also included were  examples of how Cosmos fever infiltrated everyday lives such as a sputnik-shaped samovar and personal mementos of those who flew.

But this is far more than simply a book of exceptional objects; it is also a book of incredible stories. These are the stories of the people who dreamt of early space exploration, those who made it happen, those who risked their lives to experience it and those who continue its legacy today. 

  • Author: Doug Millard, Deputy Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, London.
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: January 2016 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1857599022
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 24.2 x 2.7 cm

★★★★'Cosmonauts... is a marvel: an exceptional and unprecedented collection of models, drawings, footage and equipment relating to Russia’s singular passion for space travel' - The Telegraph

★★★★ 'a brilliant exposé of scientific, political and cultural progress' - Cultural Whisper

'An outstanding collection' - The New Scientist

'From Russian avant-garde to priceless spacecraft relics and stirring graphics from days that were never more heroic, this is a cosmic parade' - Design Curial

'The most significant collection of Soviet spacecraft, artefacts and equipment ever brought together in one place' - BBC Radio Today Programme

'the most significant collection ever shown outside of Russia, including some rare items never before placed on public display from the early history of the Soviet human spaceflight program' - The Space Review

'Visitors will enjoy a curious mix of pleasures. One, an intense rush of Khrushchev-era nostalgia.. Two, a delicious, even sublime, voyeurism... Three, a sense of childlike wonder at the audacity of it all ... Four,.. a reflective mood about the purpose of earthly life. Five, the pure delight of the glorious retro-futurist graphics that the cosmonauts inspired' - The Spectator

'the Russian equivalent of the crown jewels' - The New Scientist

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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age at the Science Museum