Free viewings and lectures at VDNKh: about satellites, isolation experiments and the Red Planet

On December 15-19, 2021, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh will host excursions “Satellites: Earth from Space”, “People and Space”, “Peace in the Universe”, as well as lectures “Art and Idea of ​​Space in the Age of Ancient Civilizations” “,” Isolation experiments “Moon” and “Sirius” – characteristics of management, differences, own feelings and perspectives”, “Prospects for the colonization of Mars from a biomedical point of view”. Participation in all activities is free, with advance registration.

December 15 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m and 17:00 visitors to the Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” are waiting for free tours “Satellites: Earth from Space”, timed to coincide with the day of radio engineering troops of the Russian Air Forces. Attendees will learn how satellite technology is used in military affairs, how communications with spacecraft and orbital stations are provided, and much more. In the virtual Mission Control Center, guests will be able to see the trajectories of various spacecraft.

December 17 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m and 17:00 the center will host free thematic tours “People and Space” dedicated to the Day of the Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation. Guests will see many models of launch vehicles, ships and satellites, rocket engines and automatic interplanetary stations, each of which in different years was a real breakthrough in the history of practical astronautics.

The guides will talk about amazing people who have never been outside the Earth, but who did everything to make space flight possible for others. Participants will get acquainted with the legendary development of Sergei Korolev, Valentin Glushko, Vladimir Barmin, Vladimir Chelomey, Nikolai Pilyugin, Mikhail Reshetnev and other designers, see their personal belongings and learn interesting facts from the life of designers that influenced their professional activities.

December 19 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m and 17:00 Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” invites you to free tours “Peace in the Universe”, dedicated to the International Day of Human Solidarity. Visitors will follow the historical path of the development of new thinking – from the ideas of the conquest of interplanetary space by two superpowers (the Soviet Union and the United States) to the ideas of uniting all countries to achieve goals for the benefit of all humanity.

All tours require advance registration.

December 18 at 4:00 p.m everyone is welcome to a free lecture “Art and Idea of ​​Space in the Age of Ancient Civilizations”. The lecturer is the art historian Diana Dzhangveladze. Since time immemorial, mankind’s eyes have been turned to the heavens in an attempt to understand how this world works. How did people’s ideas about space change from the Stone Age to modern times, and how did this affect art? At a lecture from the “Art in Space” series, the specialist will tell what primitive people knew about the structure of the cosmos, why they built Stonehenge and why the moon and sun revolve around the earth on medieval icons. Participants will also try to find out what artist Vincent van Gogh may have known about spiral nebulae and the impact of human spaceflight on art. Pre-registration on the site.

18 December at 18:00 the center will host a free lecture “Isolation experiments “Luna” and “Sirius” – characteristics of behavior, differences, own feelings and perspectives. Lecturer is Elena Luchitskaya, candidate of biological sciences, senior researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She will tell why six girls voluntarily closed themselves in the ground module and were left without contact with their relatives and friends, how the “isolation” that everyone experienced during the pandemic differs from the experiments that have been carried out at the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the middle of the last century.

Luchitskaya herself participated in the isolation experiment Luna-2015 as a female crew commander and in the Sirius-17 experiment as a researcher. Participants will also learn what provocative tasks psychologists “throw” to assess how crew members interact with each other, which crew is more interesting to work in: single-sex, mixed or multi-ethnic – and how to save an injured crew member if communication with Earth is lost. Advance registration is required.

December 19 at 4:00 p.m visitors of the Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” will receive a free lecture “Prospects for the colonization of Mars from a biomedical point of view.” The lecturer is the head of the press service of the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Voloshin. He will tell why humanity needs other planets, what an alien city might look like, what a person needs to live and work on another planet, and whether regular communication between Earth and Mars is possible. Participation by registration.

Age limits for all excursions and lectures – 12+.

Registration means free entry to activities, including entrance tickets to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center. If there is no registration, all possible places are booked. If other guests refuse to participate in the event, the registration will be available again. 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 without a companion. For further questions, call +7(495)966-19-29.

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