Unknown criminals stole the pressurized oxygen chamber in Moscow that was formed 60 years ago for training Soviet astronauts. Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first spacecraft, was also set up in this chamber for his 1961 space travel. According to the Moscow Astronaut Museum, the caravan-sized historic object was stolen from the site where it was being transferred to experts to examine and doubtless ascertain whether Gagarin could use it during its training.
The pressurized oxygen chamber was not owned by the museum and at the time it was stolen in the museum, but at the restoration plant where it was transferred, the institution said, adding that theft was sometime at the end of the week. A large number of pressurized oxygen tanks were built for Soviet astronauts, and expert investigations at the restoration plant should have determined whether Gagarin, German Tyitov, and other prominent astronauts used it. They would have been restored and wanted to stop it in the institution.
“The value of the chamber depends on who is built in it. If not Gagarin, it is worth only 300,000 rubles (1,25 million forints), “said the museum’s agent at the Ria Novosti news agency.
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