Space Artifact of the Month
September 1, 2020
Did you know that the Cosmosphere only displays about 7% of its total artifacts from our collection? Every month you're invited behind-the-scenes to learn about unique space artifacts not typically available to the public with our Space Arti-FACT of the Month Mission Log! This exclusive opportunity will take you into the world of the Cosmosphere collection to uncover the rich information, facts and history told through the world’s largest combined collection of U.S. and former Soviet space artifacts.
Handmade Russian Chess Set
A handmade Russian chess set celebrating the Russian space program. The chessmen are represented by various spacecraft and satellites, which are listed below. Also note the inlaid Sputnik on the dark squares of the solid wood board.
Pawn: Sputnik I
Rook: Proton rockets
Knight: Vostok spacecraft
Bishop: Soyuz spacecraft
Queen: Salyut space station (with two Soyuz spacecraft)
King: MIR space station (with two Soyuz spacecraft)