The Moscow Metro will issue a series of Unified travel cards marking the 60th anniversary of launching Sputnik-1, the first artificial satellite. They will be sold at all metro ticket offices starting on 18 September. Each commemorative ticket acts as a 50-percent discount for those buying tickets to the Moscow Planetarium’s Lunarium Interactive Museum.
In all, 600,000 themed tickets will be printed, according to the Moscow Metro’s press service. Each ticket’s obverse side will feature Earth, Sputnik-1 in orbit and the Moscow Planetarium’s motto: “The Stars are Round the Corner!” And the reverse side several reasons in favour of visiting the Planetarium.
“Those buying anniversary tickets for 20 and 40 trips will receive a 50-percent discount for a second ticket to the Lunarium Museum. Once there, visitors will be able to launch air-propelled and hydrogen rockets, to ride a space bike, to find out how much they weigh on other planets, to tour a lunar laboratory, to learn the Big Bang theory and many other things,” the Moscow Metro’s press service sources said.
Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite, was launched on 4 October 1957 from Research Testing Site No. 5, better known as the Baikonur Space Centre. This spacecraft was developed by a team of researchers under the guidance of spacecraft and rocket designer Sergei Korolyov.
It is also possible to enter the Moscow Planetarium using Troika cards. All one has to do is swipe the card on a turnstile at the entrance.
The Moscow Metro has also issued 600,000 Unified travel cards marking the city’s 870th anniversary; they have been sold at every metro ticket office since 6 September.