Space & Astronomy
Treasures of the Soviet Union space industry
March 20, 2011 | 1 comment
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Richard Hollingham pays a visit to a private space museum containing relics of a bygone era.
Run by the state-owned space company Energia the museum is notoriously difficult to arrange entry to, inside however can be found some of the most significant relics from the early space age including the capsule Yuri Gagarin used when he became the first man in space.
Nearly 50 years ago, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when he orbited the Earth for 108 minutes before landing. As historical artefacts go, it is not much to look at - a charred cannonball, 2m (6ft 6in) across, its centre hollowed out to - just about - allow a man to fit inside.
Source: BBC News
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