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Out of this world: photographer Egor Rogalev visits the museum of Soviet space travel

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Last February, photographer Egor Rogalev realised his childhood dream of visiting Kaluga’s space museum, an impressive repository of rockets, spacesuits and satellites. Officially named the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, the museum, which opened in 1967, is dedicated to the history of Soviet space exploration. Like so many other children growing up in Russia, Rogalev was drawn to the romanticism of Soviet space travel, an interest he nurtured through sci-fi films and books. According to Rogalev, the exhibition is divided into three parts: the first is dedicated to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a rocket scientist from Kaluga; the second displays replicas of the most famous Soviet spacecrafts; and the third is a rocket park outside of the museum. “The museum and rocket park looked so melancholy in the snow,” he said. “But the exhibition, especially the Hall of Space Technology, was very impressive.”

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