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Museum of the History of Cosmonautics

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City of Crimea: Saki
Adress: Republic of Crimea, Saki region, t. Vitino
Coordinates: 45.221386,33.168505
Type of tourists point: Museums and galleries


A special place among space institutions is occupied by the Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, located in the National control center and tests of space means (NCYIKS) in Vitino town, Saki region.

A place for the museum was not chosen by chance. On the territory of the Centre, initiated by the Soviet scientist Sergei Korolev, and the president of the USSR Academy of Sciences Mstislav Keldysh, in 1959, an observation of the flight apparatus "Luna-1" and keeping in touch with it for 62 hours was conducted. At that time, it was an unprecedented record of radio range.

In 60-70 years, from this center a management of space flights was accomplished, while the majority of Soviet citizens were assured that it was carried out from the Moscow suburbs.

On the 40th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight the Museum of the History of Cosmonautics was created on the basis of the Center.

There is presented a variety of technical means of spacecraft flight ensuring, including control panels, landers, which had been in space, antenna complex "Zarya", by which on 12 April 1961 with radio communication with Gagarin was realized.

Also there you can see the personal belongings and autographs of astronauts, models of spacecrafts and space stations, and many other interesting things.