The comparison of the U.S. Space Shuttle and USSR Buran
As Leonid Kadenyuk, the first Ukrainian astronaut, comes from Chernivtsi Oblast, it is no surprise that the city has own aerospace museum.
The museum has two permanent exhibitions devoted to various events.
The first floor describes the aviation history. Visitors have an opportunity to learn the history of aeronautics and aircraft starting from Mozhayskiy’s "flying tool” and Wright brothers’ aircraft to the most modern aircraft designs. It has a number of replica planes from both World Wars, record planes and the planes of ace pilots. All replicas of historical aircraft are completely accurate.
The museum has a collection of replica planes from Antonov Design Bureau created to O.K.Antonov’s 100th anniversary.
The exhibits in the second floor are devoted to space explorations.
The early space era (October 4, 1957 and on) is represented by models of the first man-made Earth satellites and rockets. A considerable part of the exhibition tells about Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight on April 12, 1961 and the flights by G.Titov, A.Nikolayev, P.Popovych, V.Bykovsky and Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman space pilot.
Besides achievements of the former USSR, the space exhibit also informs about U.S. space programs from suborbital flights to the Space Shuttle program, Moon expeditions by Apollo spaceships, the joint USSR-U.S. "Soyuz” – "Apollo” program.
The exhibit shows post stamps, post cards, badges, posters, photos and scaled replica.
A considerable part is devoted to Leonid Kadenyuk, the first astronaut of independent Ukraine. Unique exhibits include gifts from the National Aerospace Agency of Ukraine, NASA, cosmonauts, astronauts and other organizations and individuals.
In 2004-2006 Chernivtsi craftsman made more than 80 replicas of launch vehicles and space vehicles produced by leading space nations.
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A collection of military rockets
U.S. and USSR space rockets
Portraits of Ukrainian cosmonauts and astronauts