The original museum opened in 1981 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the first space flight by Yuri Gagarin. Although it was extensively remodeled in 2006 and its reopening took place in 2009, coinciding with the 48th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight.
With an area of over 80,000 square meters, where you can see all the details of Soviet and Russian space race from its origins to the present, and to a lesser extent in other countries especially the United States.
The museum is divided into several zones from the first gadgets Space Soviets included a replica of Sputnik (the first artificial satellite launched in 1957) and Vostok spacecraft, to replicas of Cape Canaveral, photographs of all Cosmonauts and Astronauts they have traveled into space and in short everything that you can imagine related to these topics.
Yuri Gagarin welcomes us with open arms, almost crucified pose. With beatific smile, the colossal bronze sculpture of the first cosmonaut of history welcomes visitors on a background of colored glass, a detail that accentuates religious imprint in the anteroom of the museum.
We are in the sanctuary of space in the renovated Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, a spacious catacombs dug under the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a rocket sustained on a massive trail of titanium 100 meters high erected in 1964 in the outer orbit of the Russian capital.