VDNH celebrates the 60th anniversary of Gherman Titov's space flight with free tours

4 august 2021

On 6 and 7 August, VDNH's Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will host a series of free themed tours, titled The Time of Pioneers. Seventeen Dawns in Space, and Life in Orbit. The tours will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the space flight by German Titov, the second Soviet cosmonaut to leave this planet.

At 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on 6 August, the guests of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre will be able to join a special guided tour: The Time of Pioneers. Seventeen Dawns in Space. The tour will chronicle the space flight of German Titov, the first man in history to orbit the Earth.

And at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on 7 August, the Centre will hold thematic tours about life in orbit. The tour participants will learn about what astronauts go through during expeditions (on space stations and in open space), what they eat, where they live and even what they wear. Activities outside the station will also be a main focus. Guides will tell the visitors about working in open space, the records set for the number of walks outside the station and their duration.

The Vostok-2 spacecraft carrying Titov (code name Oryol, or Eagle) was launched on 6 August 1961, and spent exactly one day and one hour in space. The craft circled the Earth 17 times, travelling over 700,000 kilometres in total. Fun fact: this was the first time a person slept and did a workout in space. And another fun fact: at the time of the flight, Titov was a little under 26 years old, making him younger than anyone who had ever flown to space before him.

The number of each tour's participants cannot exceed 20. Advance registration is required.

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. Admission to the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre is free during the Happy Hours (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday). The number of free tickets is limited.

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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