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This paper presents the thinking behind Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, relating it to previous Science Museum space exhibitions and to new scholarship on Russia’s space exploration. It shows also the exhibition’s dependency on curatorial and design team dialogue.
As the first paying customer to fly to the ISS, Dennis Tito’s journey can be seen as a historic turning point within the history of space travel following the end of the Space Race and inaugurating the space programme as a new marketplace.
This paper investigates how the development of new contacts and partnerships has contributed not only to the loan of material of historic significance to the Science Museum’s exhibition, but more broadly changes perceptions about Russia and its space programme in the western world.