Free tours of technology’s designers and a lecture on “cosmic” knowledge during the Middle Ages

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

January 20 at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 Visitors to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will enjoy free excursions “People and Space”, timed to coincide with the 44th anniversary of the launch of the first transport cargo ship in the Progress series. Participants will see models of launch vehicles, spacecraft, satellites and automatic interplanetary stations presented in the historic “Cosmos” pavilion. The center’s guides will tell you about amazing people who have never been outside of Earth, but who did everything to make space travel possible. Guests will learn interesting facts from the lives 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 to the Soviet Salyut-6 orbit 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 p.m. The Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will host a free lecture “Art and the Idea 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, what astronomical objects most often appeared in icon painting, what role the Inquisition played in the development of science.

Diana Jangveladze will also talk about the amazing achievements of astronomers from 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, in good weather, the participants will look beyond the earth together with amateur astronomers from the Astronomical and Geodetic Association. From 5.30 pm, a telescope will be installed on Industritorget under the rocket. Registration required.

Age limits for all activities – 12+.

Registration means free admission 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), as well as children under 14 accompanied by adults with a QR code. Children between 14 and 18 years old can visit the museum without a QR code and companion. For further questions, call: +7 (495) 966-19-29.

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