Exhibition "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" can be held in Moscow

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The priceless artifacts related to the Soviet space program, which have never been out of Russia before, have been brought to London from Moscow. Many of them are kept in the museums of the closed enterprises.

Russians may have an opportunity to see the unique never-before-seen artifacts of the Russian space exhibition, which are displayed in London now, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets told reporters.

The exhibition "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" officially opened in the British capital on Thursday evening and will be available for visitor from 18 September. The priceless artifacts related to the Soviet space program, which have never been out of Russia before, have been brought to London from Moscow. Many of them are kept in the museums of the closed enterprises.

"We have all been looking forward to this show because this is the first exhibition outside of Russia devoted to the Soviet space and the Soviet Union pioneering space exploration," Deputy Prime Minister said.

Golodets added that "many artifacts leaving the territory of the Russian Federation for the first time serve as a precedent." "Even Russians haven’t seen many of them," she said.

"I hope that we will be able to show them in Russia," Deputy Prime Minister said.

The place to host it is to be determined.

Golodets reminded that the exhibition should have been held during UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, but it was delayed because the British didn’t provide their guarantees.

She added that "it was the same difficult to organize the exhibition as to fly to space."

The opening ceremony of the exhibition held at London's Science Museum gathered a few hundred guests. The event was attended by the first woman to travel into space Valentina Tereshkova and Yuri Gagarin's daughter Elena Gagarina; among the British guests was Helen Sharman, the first British person in space.

Russians Sergey Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Korniyenko, who are on board the ISS at the moment, congratulated the guests on the opening of the exhibition in their video greeting.

The exhibition displays the engines of the R-7 ballistic missile, the spacecraft, including "Vostok-6", which had been piloted by Tereshkova, as well as personal belongings of astronauts, their everyday objects and even a space shower.

The exhibition was prepared by the British Science Museum in cooperation with the Russian State Museum and Exhibition Center "ROSIZO" and the Federal Space Agency. Art Russe and Blavatnik Family Foundations took part in the organization, too.

The exhibition will be open in London until March 13, 2016.

Text by RIA Novosti

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