Owing to considerable efforts invested over the years by a team of experts from various scientific and technical fields, numerous issues associated with flights to space have gradually been resolved.

The space age in the real sense of the word began on 4 October, 1957, when the first artificial Earth's satellite Sputnik-1 was successfully launched from the Bajkonur cosmodrome.

Sputnik-2 took along the first living creature - a dog named Lajka.

Finally, time came for man to go to space as well. On 12 April, 1961, Jurij Gagarin managed to fly around the Earth in the Vostok spaceship capsule, and land safely after 108 minutes of flight.

Still, the greatest achievement in the field (without forgetting the joining of two space ships in the orbit, the exit of astronauts to open space, or the crossing of astronauts from one ship to the other) was the flight to the Moon. This major enterprise was preceded by extensive preparations both on Earth and in space (for instance, flights around the Moon without landing on its surface). Finally, on 21 July, 1969, the American astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first man ever to have set foot on another heavenly body.

The Technical Museum keeps models of the best known spacecrafts, carrier rockets, and orbital stations clearly illustrating the beginnings of astronautics development.

Most attractive of them all is certainly the planetarium. A specially designed projector transmitts the appearance of starry skies from the north pole to the equator any time of night, throughout all seasons.

Manager: Ante Radonic

 


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