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I, Science

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Art and Culture: Imaging Space Travel

3 December, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The cosmos has fascinated the creative mind for centuries. In the early 20th century the artistic and the creative, the spiritual and the philosophical paved the way for engineers and scientists in their quest to achieve space travel.

Cosmist Nikolay Fedorov’s ‘Philosophy of the Common Task’ inspired generations of scientists and artists alike. From the drawings of space visionary Konstantin Tsiolkovsky to early sci-fi films like ‘Cosmic Voyage’ and the propaganda posters of the space age, depictions of space have gone far beyond the technological means of reaching it.

This illustrated talk from Dr Natalia Sidlina, Curator of Cosmonauts, shows the rich and varied ways Russians’ have imagined space travel.


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