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Exhibitions

When technology was art: Cosmonauts at the Science Museum reviewed

And how Russian mysticism powered the Soviet Union’s dreams of space exploration

26 September 2015

8:00 AM

26 September 2015

8:00 AM

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age

Science Museum, until 13 March 2016

‘The dominant narrative of space,’ I was told, in that strange language curators employ, ‘is America.’ Quite so. Kennedy stared at the moon and saw a promotional opportunity. Nasa’s logo was designed by the flamboyant Raymond Loewy. A PR man wrote Neil Armstrong’s unforgettable lines. Every event at Cape Canaveral (later the Kennedy Space Center) was televised, while, in the USSR, Star City was built in furtive secrecy just outside Moscow.

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