VDNKh invites you to free tours, lectures and intellectual speed dating

From September 14 to 18, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center will host themed tours, educational lectures, Saturday Coffee at Cosmos and intellectual speed dating. Guests will learn about the planets of the solar system, missions to the moon, the founder of modern astronautics Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and astronomical discoveries. Participation in all activities is free, with advance registration.

September 14 at 18:00 and 19:00 there will be thematic excursions “To the Moon and back”, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Soviet automatic interplanetary station “Luna-2”, which for the first time in the world reached the surface of a natural satellite of the Earth. Visitors will be able to look at the lunar globe, full-size models of automatic stations “Luna-3”, “Luna-9”, the lunar rover and find out what the real lunar Earth looks like. The guides will acquaint the guests with interesting facts about long-term studies of the Earth’s satellite and tell whether there is water and a dense atmosphere on the moon, on which side of the moon the Moscow Sea is located and how many people have visited the lunar surface.

September 15 at 4:00 p.m there will be a sightseeing tour for visitors with limited mobility. Guests will learn the history of Russian cosmonautics – from the very first steps to the present, they will see authentic samples and models of space technology in full size. The Cosmonautics and Aviation Center is equipped with special elevators, which makes the tour not only interesting, but also comfortable for all visitors.

On the same day at 18.00 and 19.00 there will be “Animals in Space” themed excursions, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the return of the Zond-5 spacecraft to Earth after a flyby of the Moon. Guests will be told about the successful flight of Belka and Strelka and the flights of other dogs that paved the way for man into space, about special research satellites of the Bion series, as well as about biological experiments at the Mir station.

Thursday at 19.00 The Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” invites you to the lecture “Comics and Science or Science or Comics?”, which will be held at the Congress Center. The lecturers are the curators of the project “School of scientific comics” Valentin Potkin (participant of various comics collections and festivals, teacher of comics as part of the author’s program “Comics Camp” in children’s camps and schools) and Anastasia Reshetnyak (scientific consultant from the Polytechnic Museum, co-author to the concept of the exhibition “Alice in the Land of Sciences). A comic is, first of all, a story, and it is a universal way of packing knowledge, whether it is a detective story, a biography, a fairy tale or even a scientific article. Visitors will learn why scientists tell stories to people, how they differ depending on the audience, how comics reveal scientific ideas to the public.

At the same time, intellectual speed dating will take place in the center’s lecture hall. This is a new activity format: participants will not only have a lecture from an invited specialist, but also a lively discussion with each other on prepared questions. Visitors discuss each of them for three minutes and then change interlocutors. This time, visitors will talk to astrophysicist, science popularizer Vsevolod Lander about why astronomy is needed and how it has affected our way of life.

September 16 at 4:00 p.m it will be a sightseeing tour for visitors with hearing loss. The story of the most important milestones in the history of Russian cosmonautics will be accompanied by sign language translation.

September 17 at 12:00 in the lecture hall there will be Saturday coffee in “Kosmos” on the theme “Mars Chronicles”. The host is Yulia Kuznetsova, candidate of geographical sciences, author and host of geological and environmental podcasts. She will talk about the climate and atmosphere of Mars, what the red planet’s polar caps are made of, why the tallest volcano in the solar system is on Mars, where the river valleys come from.

Saturday at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m guests are invited to the thematic excursions “People and Space”, dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern cosmonautics, Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky. The exhibition of the Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” presents broad sides of the history of the development of space technology. Here you can see models of launch vehicles, ships and satellites, powerful engines and automatic interplanetary stations, each of which in different years was a real breakthrough in the history of practical astronautics. But who worked to turn these bold ideas into reality, who ensured the first successes of the Soviet space program? During the excursions, visitors will learn interesting facts from Tsiolkovsky’s biography, as well as about the amazing people who did everything to make space flight possible.

Even this day at 16:00 within the framework of the cycle “Art in space” there will be a lecture “Homo sidereus — Starry Man. Voltaire, Immanuel Kant. Jules Verne, Georges Méliès, Fritz Lang. Lecturer is Andrey Velikanov, a Moscow artist, philosopher and art theorist. Before going into space, a person must first realize that his world is not limitless, that it ends somewhere, and another space begins beyond this limit. Having understood this, it was necessary not only to build technical devices for such a long journey, but also to imagine the cosmos itself and first visit it with the help of your imagination. And philosophers, writers, poets and filmmakers have been working on this for a long time. Location: lecture hall.

September 18 at 4:00 p.m the lecture “Space Professions: Crew Instructor” will be held at the same location. Lecturer is Mikhail Kiselev, shift leader of the communication group with the crew, employed at the Cosmonaut Training Center. He will tell what is needed to work in open space, how to prepare cosmonauts for extravehicular activities, what tasks are performed outside the International Space Station. Participants will also learn about the lecturer’s life path: how the idea of ​​working in the space industry appeared, why this particular type of activity was chosen.

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