The State Corporation for Space Activity Roscosmos presented the international space exhibition “# SPUTNIK60” dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the launch of the space age of mankind and to all the discoverers of space – the launch on October 4, 1957 of the first artificial Earth satellite, an event that was the result of many years of work of tens and hundreds thousands of scientists, engineers, designers, technologists and other specialists.
At the opening of the exhibition in Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in London came the delegation of Roskosmos: Krikalev Sergey Konstantinovich – Soviet and Russian air sportsman and cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union and the first hero of Russia, executive director for manned space programs; Burenkov Igor Yuryevich – executive director of communications; Urmantseva Yana Rustemovna – Adviser to the General Director of the State Corporation Roskosmos on Communications.
“After October 4, 1957, the word” Sputnik “became firmly established in English and other languages. The slogan of the exhibition – “Raise your head !!” is symbolic, because the satellite urged people of the whole Earth to look to the sky in both direct and figurative sense, “Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said in his welcoming speech.
Guests of the evening heard the greetings of Russian cosmonauts from the international space station, tried to understand the sensations of the cosmonauts in orbit by watching films shot in the virtual reality format.
The opening ceremony was attended by the representative of the Museum of Science of London, Doug Millard (Doug Millard), supervising the incredibly popular with British and visitors of the exhibition “Cosmonauts: the birth of the space age.” In the opening ceremony of this exhibition in 2015 took part the first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and present at the opening of the exhibition “# SPUTNIK60” Sergei Krikalev. Doug Millard spoke about the reaction of the British community to the news of the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite by the Soviet Union.
Sergei Krikalyov said that events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the satellite are held in many countries and invariably cause great interest. He also noted close international cooperation in the field of space exploration: “We fly on the international space station, we pass on experience to each other and together we carry out works that bring us new knowledge.”
Within the framework of the exhibition opening a meeting of Roskosmos representatives with schoolchildren and journalists was held. Sergey Konstantinovich answered questions of children and adults for several hours.
The exposition in London was the final in a series of exhibitions across Europe and confirmed a significant interest in space themes among different nationalities and generations as a theme uniting peoples.