Space, museums and football unite people all over the world, a point proven by over 200 fans from 46 countries who joined the #SpacePass project organised by the Museum of Cosmonautics. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopyev, who are currently aboard the International Space Station, also took part.
The museum’s volunteers helped make the #SpacePass project truly international. At first, they helped the participants record the names of 122 Soviet and Russian cosmonauts, who later asked their families and friends to record a video in their countries in return and send this video pass back to the museum. As a result, the museum managed to create a video featuring football fans from various countries.
“We made this project to remind everyone that space, like football, unites people. There is no place for politics and conflicts. One of our goals was to tell the history of Russia via the history of space exploration. We are glad that everyone we turned to back then were very sincere and enthusiastic about this idea. It is very important for us,” said head of the museum’s press service Darya Chudnaya.
The large number of people that visited the museum during the 2018 FIFA World Cup inspired the museum team to launch this project. Over 17,000 used their FAN IDs to visit the Museum of Cosmonautics during the World Cup, which made it the most popular museum in the top five. Not only fans from the 32 countries taking part in the championship came to learn something new about space exploration, but also tourists from Greece, India, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Canada and Chile.
Additional tours were held for foreign tourists in English. Managers and volunteers told fans in Russian, English and Spanish what other places they could visit. “We even broadcasted World Cup matches. It was not only fans who were inspired by space, but we too were inspired by their optimism and cheerful mood,” said Vyacheslav Klimentov, the museum’s deputy director for science.
The Museum of Cosmonautics is one of the largest science and history museums in Russia. It is one of the three most popular museums, with a modern exhibition of 96,000 exhibits, such as rocket equipment, material and art objects, paintings and drawings.