Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is a pleasant, tree-lined Siberian city of near 600,000 on the banks of the Angara River. Before the Trans-Siberian Railroad arrived, czarist political exiles and prisoners who had served their terms in the labor camps settled here, denied permission to return to their homes in Western Russia. Some of these were Decembrists, young officers who had become advocates of political reform. The House Museum of the Decembrists belonged to one of these officers and his wife. Read More






Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

From Finland to New England, horse-drawn sleighs are symbols of an earlier time when winter travel was more fun and adventurous than steering a four-wheel drive SUV over a paved road on studded snow tires. Read More



Train Like a Cosmonaut in Russia

Train Like a Cosmonaut in Russia

Train like a Russian cosmonaut on MIR's "Inside the Russian Space Program," where you can experience zero gravity, don a space suit, experience 4-G on the world's largest centrifuge and witness a space launch. Read More