Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun from 11:00 to 19:00,
Thurs and Sat from 11:00 to 20:00, Mon – closed
Beep! Beep! Beep! – that’s how the signals of the Soviet Sputnik-1, sent into space on October 4, 1957 sounded. All radio amateurs of the planet could hear the signals - they became the symbol of new, cosmic era in the history of humanity beginning. The exhibition with this name is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the of the world's first artificial Earth satellite launch.
The exhibition presents photo and documentary materials from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, dedicated to the first space projects of the USSR. This is, for example, code for sending telegrams about the coordinates of the artificial Earth satellite. Many famous scientists, headed by the founder of practical cosmonautics Sergey Korolev, worked on them. Visitors will be able to get acquainted with documents and personal belongings (among the exhibits there is even a satellite hat) of astronomer, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Alla Masevich. When preparations for the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite began in 1956 in our country, she, as the Chairman of the Astronomical Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences, was instructed to organize the network of stations for optical observations.
According to the preserved technical documentation and photographs, it is possible to trace the daily hard work of numerous groups of specialists and enthusiastic volunteers who participated in satellite observation throughout the Soviet Union. The satellite theme was reflected in popular culture: cinemas and shops, rest homes and cafes bore this proud name. Commemorative badges, coins, postcards, even cup holders with its image remind of this outstanding event. Visitors could see the artifact rare even for the museum collection – tabletop musical decoration "Sputnik". Mechanism plays the melody of the song "My native country is wide" and the call signs: "Beep – beep – beep ...".