Since the beginning of time, we have asked questions about the universe: how big is it, and how can we get further out there? Until the 20th century, the answers were confined to science fiction. Then in 1957, Russia launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, and the Space Age was born. This month the Science Museum tells the story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality in Cosmonauts:Birthof theSpaceAge (from 18 Sep; p. 38). Featuring the greatest collection of Soviet spacecraft and artefacts ever exhibited outside Russia, it also includes fascinating personal accounts from those who boldly went where no man had gone before.