On 12 April, the major Russian exhibition will traditionally support Cosmonautics Day festivities. Meetings with cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Artemyev and many other events to celebrate the holiday will be held in VDNKh pavilions and open venues.
"We have been preparing an interesting and eventful programme with no age limits. For example, visitors will have a possibility to watch how the data from meteorological satellite is being received, attend free lectures, workshops, performances, and exhibitions, watch films," said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor.
The Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre in Cosmos pavilion will be a major holiday venue. The Interstellar Quiz with 30 space-related questions will open the festive programme. President of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre, pilot astronaut of the Russian Federation, Hero of Russia Fyodor Yurchikhin will conduct the quiz. The winners will be announced on 16 April.
Three winners will get valuable prizes - replicas of the wrist watch Yuri Gagarin had on during his first flight on 12 April 1961. Prior registration is required for the quiz. It starts at 11:00 am. Free sightseeing tours starting every hour, from 11:30 am to 08:30 pm, will be another present for people visiting VDNKh on this day. Two of these tours, starting at 12:30 pm and 01:30 pm, will be guided by Fyodor Yurchikhin. Guests will learn about space technology, check the weight of planets on giant scales, have a look at the spinach growing in an orbital greenhouse. Visitors will also find out what ISS crew members eat, how they sleep and keep fit in zero gravity, what they wear on board of the space station, and much more. The meeting point is inside the centre, next to the Tours Start Here sign.
Visitors to Russia Is My History park at VDNKh will enjoy a special festive programme on 12 April. During the day, from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm, guests will have an opportunity to watch films about outer space exploration on the dome screen. With the help of modern multimedia technology, guests will find out about the emergence of the Solar System, development of space exploration in the 20th century and confrontation between two space superpowers - the USA and the USSR. On this day, everyone will be able to take part in a spacecraft design workshop and learn how data on our planet’s weather changes are collected. In clear weather, guests will watch solar activity through a real telescope on the site near Pavilion No.57.
The VDNKh Culture Centre will offer ‘Tsiolkovsky’ solo performance about life of the famous founder of theoretical cosmonautics. The Books Pavilion will host a free lecture on the latest discoveries made with the help of automatic interplanetary stations exploring the Solar System bodies and an astronomical tool DIY workshop to make a primitive telescope, an astrograph and other astronomical tools.
Seven Moscow parks have prepared special festive programmes to celebrate the Cosmonautics Day. On 12 April, Gorky Park visitors will have an opportunity to see distant constellations and even sunspots through a powerful telescope. In Fili Park, children and adults will construct 6-feet high rockets and spaceships using foil, cardboard and antennas under the guidance of a rocket scientist.
Since 1962, 12 April has been celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day. On that day 58 years ago, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) flew around the orbit of the Earth on Vostok-1 spacecraft to become the first man in space.