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The Russian Center at the University of St. Joseph in Macau, China, has prepared a program for participating in the Russkiy Mir Foundation’s campaign dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight. The program includes research, lecture and musical components. The research component will entail the gathering of recollections about Gagarin’s flight in 1961. Students will pour through local newspaper from that time, interview journalists, military personnel, political figures and businessmen in an...

01.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, is preparing to hold the Parade of Planets festival together with schoolchildren and university students in the southern region of the republic. The festival will mark the concluding phase of the center’s participation in the First in Space campaign launched by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Among other things, the program includes the organization of film lectures and exhibitions dedicated to Yuri Gagarin at the branch of Russian State University and...

01.02.2011 Subject: Politics

Russia confirmed its absolute leadership for space launches in the past year, Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), said at the traditional meeting of the Club of the Leading Russian Media Editors-in-Chief in ITAR-TASS on Monday, ITAR-TASS reports. He said Russia made 31 launches of various booster rockets last year (one of them failed), which accounted for 41 percent of the launches in the world. “We are called ‘space cabbies’ and we are proud of that”, the...

01.02.2011 Subject: Politics

A Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress M-09M, docked on Sunday with the International Space Station (ISS), RIA Novosti reports. A Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying the spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday. The space freighter delivered fuel, oxygen, food, books and birthday presents for Expedition 26 captain Scott J. Kelly of the United States, who turns 47 on February 21. The spacecraft also delivered to the space station a Kedr mini-satellite designed to...

31.01.2011 Subject: Politics

A Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress M-09M, lifted off toward the International Space Station (ISS) at 4:32 Moscow time [1:32 GMT] on Friday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said, RIA Novosti reports. It was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz-U booster rocket. It separated 10 minutes later and successfully entered the designated orbit. The space freighter will deliver fuel, oxygen, food, books and birthday presents for Expedition 26 captain Scott J. Kelly of the United States, who turns 47 on...

28.01.2011 Subject: Politics

On January 25, the Government Presidium discussed progress on plans for the development of a new space center in the Russian Far East, the Russian Government press service reports. “The creation of the space center in the Far East is a new large-scale national project, which will help us accomplish our most ambitious goals for space exploration,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. “Vostochny will meet  the highest international standards.” The Vostochny cosmodrome will be located in Amur Oblast....

26.01.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at Lugansk Regional Library has joined the First in Space campaign. The center plans the following activities: Photography Competition “Moya Zemlya” [My Earth] Lessons in Courage “Chelovek Mira” [Man of the World] Meetings of the Lugansk fantasy fan club Lugazemya – Dream Flight Internet competition for best fantasy story Youth flash mob “Hurrah, Yura!” Elena Gryaznova, Russian...

25.01.2011 Subject: Politics

On January 26, the Russkiy Mir Foundation will open a Russian Center in Innsbruck, the first such center in Austria and 68th in world. Dr. Ingeborg Ohnheiser, director of the Institute of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Innsbruck, said that the center plans to participate in the First in Space campaign: “We plan to host several events in the near future. In February we are inviting Russian language teachers in the Tyrol region to visit the center and become acquainted with the language...

24.01.2011 Subject: Politics

Two Russian cosmonauts have successfully completed all assigned tasks during the first spacewalk by the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2011, the Russian Mission Control said, RIA Novosti reports. Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka spent five and a half hours in space and returned on board the ISS late on Friday. The cosmonauts installed a high-speed data transmission block on the Russian service module "Zvezda," disabled and dismantled a plasma injector...

24.01.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at Tajik National University (TNU) will April 5-12 hold a Russian Language Week on the theme First in Space, the events of which will be devoted to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. Here we will once again emphasize that the first language in space was Russian. The Russian Language Week will begin with an opening ceremony with high-level participants and guests – representatives of the dean’s office of TNU, the Russian Embassy, Rossotrudnichestvo, universities, schools, Russian...

21.01.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy is planning to participate in the international creative competition First in Space as well as other events planned by the Russkiy Mir Foundation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight. April 5-12, the Russian Center will hold a special weeklong program on the theme First in Space. It will include the showing of documentary films of the history of the Russian space program, a cycle of lectures on the life and accomplishments of Yuri...

21.01.2011 Subject: Politics

An event program has been developed with the help of the Russian Center in Bratislava as a part of the international First in Space campaign. A main component of the program is a series of creative competitions. The fifth nationwide competition Russkoe Slovo [The Russian Word], dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight into outer space, will be held by the Russians Union and a private gymnasium in Ko...

21.01.2011 Subject: Politics

The Zenit-3SB rocket launched on Thursday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan delivered the Elektro-L 1 meteorological satellite into orbit early on Friday, Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said. Elektro-L 1, a Russian geostationary weather satellite, separated from the booster at 00:28 Moscow time [21:28 Thursday GMT], RIA Novosti reports. Until recently, Russia had only one weather satellite, the Meteor-M type, in orbit. Roscosmos deputy head, Anatoly Shilov, said later on Friday...

21.01.2011 Subject: Politics

As a part of the First in Space campaign, the Center of Russian Language and Culture in Slupsk, Poland, is planning a number of events to draw attention to one of the greatest events in the history of human civilization – the first manned flight into outer space. Events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight include: April 12 – Professor Vladimir Tomin will chair a conference called “Journey to the Stars” April 12 – Film viewing dedicated...

19.01.2011 Subject: Politics


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