Sputnik 60

04 October 2017

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first artificial Earth satellite.

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Join the National Space Centre team for a day of talks, workshops and original news from this historic day sixty years ago.

The National Space Centre houses its very own full-scale model of Sputnik 1 – made by Russian company, Znannia.

They based the model on original designs and photographs. Using an exhibit at the RKK Energia Museum, technical drawings, and photographs from the Russian Research Center of Space Documentation, Znannia were able to produce this high-fidelity model of the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth.

The quality and accuracy of the model was verified by Oleg Genrikhovich Ivanovski – the deputy principal designer of Sputnik. Ivanovski certified that it is a ‘correct and detailed replica of Sputnik’.


All activities will be available to ticket holders and Annual Pass members.

If you are a member of the press and wish to arrange an interview with our in-house Space Communications team of experts on the day, please contact us at spacecomms@spacecentre.co.uk or ring 0116 258 2145. We have a dedicated ISDN media studio and can offer a unique filming location on the day. Further details are available on our press page.


Please Note

The National Space Centre is an educational facility. As such we anticipate that this event will be busy with school groups.