Free activities at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre this week: inclusive tours, a quiz, and a lecture

13 april

From April 14 to 17, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH will host guided tours for physically challenged visitors and people with impaired hearing, a quiz titled The key to Start! and a lecture titled The History of Astronomical Discoveries. Participation in all activities is free with pre-registration.

On April 14 at 4 p.m., there will be tours of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre for low-mobile visitors. Guests will learn the history of Russian cosmonautics from its earliest stages to the present day and view genuine examples and full-size models of space technology. The centre is equipped with special elevators offering additional convenience for each visitor. Pre-registration is required.

On April 15 at 4 p. m., centre staff will conduct a similar tour for hearing-impaired visitors, which will offer interpretation into Russian sign language. Participation requires registration.

On April 16, at 12 p.m., visitors will be treated to the Key to Start! quiz, a new activity format in which teams compete by testing their knowledge. It was launched in February of this year. This time, the questions will be related to events in the life of the world's first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, new stories about space in literature and art, and amazing stories about the animals that paved the way for man to explore outer space.

The quiz consists of several rounds, the guests will have to answer questions on topics of outer space. It is forbidden to use the Internet or cell phones. All participants are to gather in the hall on the second floor of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre (the entrance is located on the rear side of the Space Pavilion) and are divided into several teams, each team can consist of one to six people. The duration of the game is 60–90 minutes. The winning team will win free tickets to the Slovo Center at VDNH. Register on the site.

On April 17 at 4 p.m., the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will host a free lecture on The History of Astronomical Discovery. The lecturer is an astrophysicist and popularizer of science with a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics and a leading researcher at the P. K. Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Popov.

It will describe how mankind's knowledge of the solar system has changed, the stages of the study of our galaxy and then all about galaxies. Particular attention will be paid to the era of great astronomical discoveries – the 1960s. Participants in the lecture will discuss the latest achievements in astronomy: the discovery of exoplanets and the discovery of the accelerated expansion of the universe. It is necessary to register.

In honor of the Day of Cosmonautics, VDNH, together with the social network VKontakte, published a series of short vertical videos dedicated to the exhibits of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre. The goal of the special project is to attract the attention of netizens and invite them to visit the exhibition in person.

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