People and Space, free guided tours at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre

22 july 2021

On 24 July, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH will offer free thematic guided tours titled People and Space, to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the birth of Guy Severin. He was one of the chief designers of life support systems and rescue aids for pilots and astronauts.

At 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will host free thematic guided tours titled People and Space. They will be dedicated to the 95th birthday of Guy Severin, who, for more than 40 years, served as the head of the research and production enterprise Zvezda, a leading Russian company that developed and manufactured personal life support systems (including spacesuits) for pilots and astronauts, as well as aircraft emergency rescue aids for aircrews and passengers.

Visitors will learn about Severin's legendary inventions, interesting facts of his life that had an impact on his professional activities and about many other personalities who contributed to the Russian space industry.

Age restrictions: 12+, the number of participants in each tour may not exceed 20. Prior registration is required.

Guy Severin was born on 24 July 1926. Even as a student at the Moscow Aviation Institute, he began working for the Flight Research Institute in the village of Stakhanovo (later renamed Zhukovsky) outside of Moscow. From 1964 to 2008, he was head of the research and production enterprise Zvezda.

He personally contributed to the development of unique and, in some cases, unmatched aerospace equipment such as an airlock chamber and a spacesuit for the first-ever spacewalk by astronaut Alexei Leonov, a manned manoeuvring unit, an ejection seat for the Vostok aircraft and others. Guy Severin, a full professor and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is an author and co-author of more than 100 academic papers and creator of 70 inventions, the Hero of Socialist Labour, winner of the Lenin and State Prizes of the USSR and Russian Federation, Master of Sports, a two-time USSR downhill skiing champion and an honorary member of the Presidium of the Russian Alpine Ski and Snowboard Association.

Participants in the VDNH Friends loyalty programme get a discount on the tickets to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre. A complete list of the partners' venues is available and updated on the programme page on the VDNH website.

All VDNH events comply with anti-coronavirus regulations. Visitors to the museum and exhibition venues should observe social distancing rules and wear masks and gloves. More details about the virus prevention measures at VDNH are available here.

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