Planets of the Solar System excursions to open at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH

A thematic excursion about the planets of the Solar System will open on 25 October 2018 at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre in the renovated Space Pavilion No. 34 at VDNH. Visitors to the pavilion will be able to see full-scale models of vehicles that have explored other planets, and real lunar soil. They can also learn about cosmonautics of the future, and attend an exciting lecture about the secrets of other worlds.

The opening day of the excursions was chosen for a reason. It was 43 years ago from 22 to 25 October, that we received the first panoramic images and a series of data transmitted from another planet, Venus. This was made possible thanks to the automatic interplanetary stations, Venera-9 and Venera-10, which paved the way for the study of the surface of the planets of the Solar System.

The new excursion will be held in two parts of the centre. In the KB-1. Space Boulevard zone, visitors can see a model of the actual descent vehicle of the Venera-9 automatic station, as well as a panoramic picture of the planet's surface, taken by the automatic interplanetary station's telephotometer. Visitors to the pavilion can also find out why this photo is jokingly called the first cosmic selfie, what makes Mercury look like the Moon, where Saturn's rings come from, what is special about Halley's comet, and many other interesting facts about Earth’s neighbours.

The most interactive part of the centre, the "KB-3. Cosmodrome of the Future" zone, allows visitors to speculate how scientists might progress in studying the planets of the Solar System in the coming decades, practice communicating with aliens, and imagine what extraterrestrial life forms might look like.

Planets of the Solar System is the third excursion held by the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre. In parallel, the centre organises excursions of its main exhibition on a regular basis. They reveal all about the development of the domestic space industry and future space technologies. There are also thematic excursions about the history and architecture of the Space Pavilion.

OPENING TIMES: Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., time: negotiated individually.
VENUE: Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre, Pavilion No. 34 "Space".
EXCURSION CONDITIONS: please book in advance for an excursion. Booking requests are accepted on weekdays (from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) by e-mail:, by filling in the form on the website, or by phone. +7 (495) 966-19-29.
ADMISSION PRICE: for groups of up to 10 people: RUB 3,000 , up to 20 people: RUB 3,500 + entrance tickets for the permanent exhibition for each person in the group.