Free displays about the designers of the technology and a lecture about “cosmic” knowledge in the Middle Ages

On January 20 and 22, 2022, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh will host excursions “People and space” and a lecture “Art and the idea of ​​space in the Middle Ages”. Participation in all activities is free, with advance registration.

January 20 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m Visitors to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will enjoy free “People and Space” tours, timed to coincide with the 44th anniversary of the launch of the first Progress-series transport cargo ship. Participants will see models of launch vehicles, spacecraft, satellites and automatic interplanetary stations presented in the historical pavilion “Cosmos”. The center’s guides will tell about amazing people who have never been outside the earth, but who did everything to make space travel possible. Guests will learn interesting facts from the life of such designers as Sergei Korolev, Valentin Glushko, Vladimir Barmin, Vladimir Chelomei, Nikolai Pilyugin, Mikhail Reshetnev and others.

The Progress-1 transport vehicle was launched on January 20, 1978 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome using a Soyuz-U launch vehicle. Two days later he added the Soviet Salyut-6 orbital station. The ship’s flight time was 18 days and 17 hours. Visitors to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will learn other details about excursions. Participation by pre-registration.

January 22 at 4:00 p.m The Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will host a free lecture “Art and Conception of Space in the Middle Ages” from the “Art in Space” series. Art historian Diana Dzhangveladze will talk about astronomical achievements and their reflection in art during the Middle Ages. Participants will learn how theology influenced Europeans’ ideas about the cosmos, which astronomical objects appeared most often in icon painting, what role the Inquisition played in the development of science.

Diana Jangveladze will also talk about the amazing achievements of astronomers of the Islamic Middle Ages, visitors will see illustrations from the most famous astronomical manuscripts and learn more about the observatory in Isfahan, where, among other great scientists, the famous Persian poet Omar Khayyam worked.

After the lecture, weather permitting, participants will look beyond Earth with amateur astronomers from the Astronomical and Geodetic Association. From 5:30 p.m., a telescope will be installed on Industritorget under the rocket. Registration is required.

Age limits for all activities – 12+.

Registration means free entry to activities, including entrance tickets to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center. Masks are required to enter the center.

The Cosmonautics and Aviation Center is a covid-free zone. The exhibition area will be open to guests who have a valid QR code on the date of visit, which must be presented at the entrance together with an identity document (for people over 18 years old), as well as children under 14 years of age accompanied by adults with a QR code. Children between the ages of 14 and 18 can visit the museum without a QR code and chaperone. For further questions, call: +7(495)966-19-29.

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