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Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics

Kaluga, Russia
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Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga, Russia shows a very unusual dynamic composition with locked in place soft form of the off-centered parabolic dome of the planetarium which appropriately recalls a spaceship.

The Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics (Russian: Gosudarstvennyi muzei istorii kosmonavtiki imeni K.E.Ciolkovskogo) is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of space exploration.It was opened on 3 October 1967 in Kaluga, and is named after Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a school master and rocket science pioneer who lived most of his life in this city.The building was designed by Boris Barkhin, Evgeny Kireev, Nataliya Orlova, Valentin Strogy and Kirill Fomin, and the cornerstone was laid by Yuri Gagarin on 13 June 1961.The exposition of the museum consists of two parts. The first part is dedicated to the ideas and research of Tsiolkovsky, and shows a model of the rocket designed by Tsiolkovsky as well as copies of his scientific work. The second part contains mock-ups of space craft like Sputnik 1 and samples of moon dust. Just outside the museum is a rocket park, which contains amongst others a R-7 rocket.

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