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J - Monorail, Ostankino Tower, Conquerors of Space Memorial

In order to get to the Monorail we took the Grey Metro (Nr. 9) till Timiryazevskaya station. 
There it's a quick walk to the Monorail Platform. On the way there, we passed a little road market and I had a look
at some scarfs they were selling there, since it was a bit chilly at the time. 
A one-way ticket all the way to VDNKh (the All-Russia Exhibition Centre) costs 22 Rubles (~CAD 0.7).
Everything is very clean and neat and new and at least when we took a ride, not crowded at all.

The whole Monorail Track is 4.7 km long and opened to the public on 30 November 2004.

The ride was smooth and very slow, which was great for taking pictures. :)

First view of the Ostankino Tower.

Apartment buildings along the way.

Lots of apartment buildings.

At the Teletséntr (Телеце́нтр) Station we got out and walked to the Ostankino Tower.

Some tramways

 The Ostankino Tower is 540 metres (1772 ft) tall.
The tower was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1640 ft) in height. 
Construction began in 1963 and was completed in 1967.

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A little park outside the property of the TV center.

Instead of continuing to drive with the Monorail, we decided to walk to the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

Cool popping-out Advertisement, I've seen actually quite a few of that kind in Moscow. 
Detail of the Memorial to the Conquerors of Space

Big Ferris wheel at the All Russia Exhibition Center

Monument to the Conquerors of Space (Монумент «Покорителям космоса»)

In March 1958, a few months after the launch of Sputnik 1, a competition was announced for the best design of an obelisk celebrating the dawn of the Space Age. 

Out of some 350 proposals, the design by sculptor A.P. Faidysh-Krandievsky and architects A.N. Kolchin and M.O. Barshch was chosen. The grand opening of the monument took place on October 4, 1964, on the day of the 7th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch. The monument was designed to accommodate a museum in its base. However, it took until April 10, 1981 (two days before the 20th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight) to complete the preparatory work and open the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. The main part of the monument is a giant obelisk topped by a rocket and resembling in shape the exhaust plume of the rocket. It is 107 meters (350 feet) tall and, on Korolyov's suggestion, covered with titanium cladding. A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the precursor of astronautics, is located in front of the obelisk.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Константи́н Эдуа́рдович Циолко́вский) 
(September 17, 1857 – September 19, 1935) 

was an Imperial Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory. He is considered by many to be the father of theoretical astronautics. His works later inspired leading Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergey Korolyovand Valentin Glushko and contributed to the early success of the Soviet space program. Tsiolkovsky spent most of his life in a log house on the outskirts of Kaluga, about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of Moscow. A misanthrope by nature, he appeared strange and bizarre to his fellow-town folk.



All Russia Exhibition Center - we didn't have time anymore to explore it, but at least I got a picture on the distance :)