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“Gagarin, Zvyozdochka and Prime Minister Macmillan: the Build-up to and Aftermath of the First Human Spaceflight” with Doug Millard – Thursday, 8 April at 19:00 (BST)

Thursday 8 April, 2021, 19:00

Monument to the Conquerors of Space frieze, Moscow, showing Laika and Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin conducted the first human spaceflight in April 1961. His success and personality won him admirers around the world, including the thousands in Britain who welcomed him to these shores later that year. But Gagarin’s flight only happened once preceding missions with dogs were safely returned to Earth from orbit. This talk looks at the Soviet space heroes of 1961, canine and human, and the fame of Gagarin as he visited London and Manchester in July, 1961.

WHEN: Thursday, 8 April 2021 at 19:00 (BST)

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About the speaker

Doug Millard

Doug Millard is Deputy Keeper Technologies and Engineering. He has produced many space exhibitions, written articles, papers and books including a history of the Black Arrow satellite launch vehicle and its engines, lectured widely and appeared on television and radio. In 2006 he gained his MSc in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London. In April 2012 he co-organised with the UK Space Agency a conference held at the Science Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ariel 1 satellite. He was senior curator for the ‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age’ exhibition (2015) and editor of the associated publication. His book ‘Satellite: Innovation in Orbit’ was published by Reaktion Books early 2017. In 2016 he curated the acquisition and display of the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module – used by Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra during their mission to and from the International Space Station, 2015-16 – along with the associated virtual reality experience Space Descent VR. In 2019 he organised the Culture Space research programme of three workshops that investigated new ways of representing space exploration in the museum gallery. In 2020 he contributed to a BBC Radio 4 programme on the life of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. He is currently developing with colleagues a major research programme on global perspectives of space exploration that will inform development of a new space gallery at the Science Museum later this decade.



Thursday 8 April, 2021

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