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  • Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition trailer

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    Discover the dramatic story of how Soviet Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Open 18 September 2015 - 13 March 2016. Book now: http://www.sciencemuseum.or...

    See the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK. Come face-to-face with Vostok-6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space, or examine the fascinating gadgets cosmonauts need to live in space, including a space shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.

    Explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. See poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight and discover the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.


    Film credits: BFI National Archive
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    Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age reveals the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK. Discover the stories behind these objects in these videos. For more information visit http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/cosmonauts
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      • 6 days ago
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      Watch how over the course of a day, a team fr...
    • Stephen Hawking on: The future of space - Duration: 37 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
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      Stephen Hawking shares some of his thoughts about the importance of human space exploration on a recent visit to the Science Museum in London. Watch this clip and visit the Museum's remarkable Cosm...
    • Making space models - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      • 4 months ago
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      Sir George White, curator of the Clockmakers’ Museum, explores an engraved skull containing a watch, which was long believed to have been given to Mary Seaton by Mary Queen of Scots at...
    • Helen Sharman's spacesuit - Duration: 3 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
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      During preparations for our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition, we reunited Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, with her spacesuit, along with television presenter Dallas Campbell....
    • The Pegasus Computer - Duration: 5 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
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      The story of the Ferranti Pegasus, one of the world's oldest computers, and the staff and volunteers who care for and operated Pegasus at the Science Museum. This film celebrates its years of servi...
    • Maths Gallery: Design Animation - Duration: 2 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
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      World-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects created this design for the Science Museum's ambitious new mathematics gallery, opening in 2016. Discover more at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mathematics

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    • Maths Gallery: Zaha Hadid interview - Duration: 33 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
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      Architect Zaha Hadid talks about working on the Science Museum's pioneering new Maths Gallery. Discover more at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mathematics

      Zaha Hadid Architects has been chosen to...
    • Information Age: Behind the Scenes - Duration: 68 seconds.

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      • 1 year ago
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    To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age exhibition we've asked some famous faces (including a few astronauts) to share their memories of space. Share your #SpaceMemory with us on Twitter or Facebook.
    • Space Memory: Tim Peake - Duration: 29 seconds.

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      British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake shares his early memories of looking up at the stars, just weeks before he launches to the International Space Station.

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    • Space Memory: Stephen Fry - Duration: 31 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Actor and writer Stephen Fry shares his first memory of space, watching Apollo 8 on TV as the first humans orbited the Moon. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of ...
    • Space Memory: Arlene Phillips - Duration: 15 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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    • Space Memory: Dr Helen Sharman - Duration: 81 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Cosmonaut (and the first Briton in space) Dr Helen Sharman shares her first space memory, the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birt...
    • Space Memory: Prof Steve Jones - Duration: 26 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Prof Steve Jones shares his first space memory - a free beer in an Edinburgh pub to celebrate when humans first walked on the Moon. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Bi...
    • Space Memory: Myanna Buring - Duration: 37 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Actress Myanna Buring shares her space memory of looking up and being in awe that humans had walked on the Moon. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space ag...
    • Space Memory: Jerry Hall - Duration: 32 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Actress Jerry Hall shares her space memory - 'I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up'. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age exhibition we've ask...
    • Space Memory: Claudie Haignere - Duration: 39 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Cosmonaut and ESA Astronaut Claudie Haignere shares her memory of the first humans landing on the Moon To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age exhibiti...
    • Making space models - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 288 views
      Curator Doug Millard shares his first space memory, making a model of the rocket that took humans to the Moon. It's now on display in the Museum and been seen by the last man to walk on the Moon.
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    • Space Memory: Julia McKenzie - Duration: 27 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Actress Julia McKenzie shares her space memory of humans walking on the moon. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age exhibition we've asked some famou...
    • Space Memory: Libby Jackson - Duration: 40 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Libby Jackson, part of Tim Peake's Principia mission team, shares her first space memory as a 7yo, writing a travel guide to Mars. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Bir...
    • Space Memory: Maureen Lipman - Duration: 19 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Actress Maureen Lipman shares her space memory of how the space travel shown in comics suddenly became real. To celebrate Tim Peake's Principia mission and our Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age ex...
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    Media Space is a major photography destination, presenting a programme of world-quality exhibitions, commissions and events for national and international audiences and celebrating the Science Museum Group’s unrivalled National Photography Collection.

    Follow Media Space on Twitter and Instagram @MediaSpaceLDN

    Media Space is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum.
    www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mediaspace
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