Free activities for kids and adults at VDNH: space-themed animation, guided tours about life on orbit, and a lecture about stars

11 october 2021

From 12 to 17 October, Russia’s largest space museum, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH, will be welcoming its visitors to free screenings of space-themed animated films. Other activities will include a free tour called Life on Orbit and a free lecture How Astronomers Measure the Distance to the Stars.

At 2 p.m. on 12 October, everyone who comes to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre is free to join a screening of a computer-animated film Space Dogs. Two dogs, Belka and Strelka, could never have imagined orbiting the planet. Space exploration burst into their lives without warning. By sheer accident, they are thrown into the epicentre of historical events, along with Venya the rat and other fluffy cosmonauts-to-be.

Age restrictions: 6+. Registration in advance is required.

At 2 p.m. on 13 October, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will screen a sequel to the Space Dogs animated feature: Space Dogs. Adventures on the Moon. Strange and inexplicable phenomena have started happening on Earth, putting the whole planet under threat. The trail leads to space: to the dark side of the moon. The space dogs Belka and Strelka, along with their entire team of cheerful and fearless characters, travel to Earth’s natural satellite to complete a dangerous mission. Love for adventure, rapid-fire banter and the spirit of found family will support the space explorers at a time of great danger, helping them unravel the mystery of the Moon and its inhabitants.

Age restrictions: 6+. Admission: free, by prior registration.

At 2 p.m. on 15 October, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre is eager to invite its guests to a free screening of a beloved Soviet animated film The Mystery of the Third Planet. Enjoy the adventures of a brave young girl named Alice, her scientist father, Captain Zelyony, the monstrous yet kindly alien Gromozeka, and of course, the exceptionally intelligent Chatterbird.

Age restrictions: 6+. Registration in advance is required via web site.

All screenings will take place at the congress hall of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre, accessible from the back entrance (opposite Pavilion No. 51, Meat Industry, and the Golden Spike Fountain).

At 4 p.m. on 16 October, the centre’s guests will be invited to a free lecture How Astronomers Measure the Distance to the Stars, which is part of VDNH’s educational project Knowledge. VDNH. The lecture will be delivered by Vyacheslav Avdeev, researcher from the P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, creator and host of the Shklovsky Street YouTube channel.

He will explain how we’ve managed to learn how far the stars are: information that is crucial to astrophysics. After all, if we know the distance to an object, we can measure its energy levels and, as a result, understand its physical nature. The attendees will learn about the various ways of determining the distance between Earth and the most remote corners of the universe.

The audience for this lecture may not exceed 40. Visitors have to be 12 or older to attend. Pre-registration is required.

A series of free guided tours titled Life in Orbit will take place on 17 October, at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. The centre’s tour guides will explain how cosmonauts live their life in space. Visitors will learn about what space pilots experience during their work at the International Space Station and during space walks, what they eat, where they live and even what they wear. The organisers will demonstrate space bread, food tubes and so much more.

The number of participants is limited to 20 per tour. Visitors have to be 12 or older to attend. Registration in advance is required.

All events on VDNH grounds follow the applicable anti-coronavirus restrictions. Visitors to VDNH museums and exhibition spaces are expected to wear face masks and observe social distancing. Click here for more information about the anti-coronavirus measures at VDNH.

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