Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age at the Science Museum

Everyone knows that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. But do you know who was the first man in space? Or how about the first person to orbit the earth, the first woman in space, or even the first dog? America may have sent the first man to the moon, but the Science Museum’s new exhibition, Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, emphasises the amount of other firsts achieved by the Russians. The Soviet Union beat the Americans to putting the first satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit in October 1957. Then in November, they were the first to put an animal into orbit – the space dog Laika – and finally in 1961, they sent the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into space.

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