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Russia and Israel signed a framework agreement on space cooperation on Sunday, ITAR-TASS reports. The document was signed by head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) Anatoly Perminov and director-general of the Israeli Space Agency Tsvi Kaplan in the presence of Israeli premier Binyamin Netanyahu. Perminov emphasized at the ceremony that “our countries already have positive experience of mutually advantageous partnership in the space sphere: suffice it to say that five Israeli spacecraft have been put into...

28.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Today, March 25, as a part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into outer space, Rossotrudnichestvo is launching in 48 countries worldwide an international education program called Cosmic Odyssey, which is aimed at raising the level of interest in foreign countries toward Russian achievements in space exploration and in the study of the Russian language. The program has the slogan “Russian Language Was the First Language of Communication in Space.” Delegations of Russian...

25.03.2011 Subject: Politics

At the Paris headquarters of UNESCO an event was held in honor of the 60th anniversary of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and 50th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin. Over 500 guests of honor gathered in the capital of France. They included representatives of national space agencies, academics, engineers and cosmonauts. One of the guests from Russia was cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. At UNESCO an informal meeting of former IAF presidents with the current president Berndt Feuerbacher of Germany, the press...

23.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The publishing house Russian Language Course and the Russkiy Mir Foundation have introduced their set of language learn materials on DVD called First in Space, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. The materials are aimed at helping young people learn the Russian language. This represents a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know Russian history and the culture of the people which opened the road for mankind to explore space. Yuri Gagarin enamored the world...

23.03.2011
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Politics

An exhibition that coincides with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into outer space has opened at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, Voice of Russia reports. It includes dozens of photographs pertaining to the historic event. The exposition will close on March 25, photographs for it were provided with the support of the Russian Mission to the European Union. Also involved in organizing the event were the European Space Agency and the European Space Center. ...

22.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has approved the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 piloted spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5, RIA Novosti reports. The launch was originally scheduled for March 30 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, but it was postponed on Monday due to a glitch in the communications system installed on board the Soyuz, which was caused by a faulty capacitor. "A decision has been made to continue the preparation of the spacecraft for...

21.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at Yerevan State University is continuing to take part in the First in Space campaign in honor of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight. Most recently, students gathered for a Meeting with the First Cosmonaut of the Planet. Workers of the Russian Center told the students about the campaign and showed them a slide show on the Dawn of the Space Age as well as a video about the first flight into outer space. Students read verse composed by Simonov, Tvardovsky, Vysotsky and Berggolts in honor of...

21.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev has joined the First in Space campaign of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Since February the center has been accepting the drawings of children and students on the theme of the first cosmonaut of the universe. As a part of the campaign, the Russian Center has shown three documentary and feature films on Yuri Gagarin for the pupils of Russian-language schools in Kiev. Organizing Committee ...

21.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The period for the acceptance of entries for the First in Space competition, which is being held as a part of the international campaign of the same name, has come to a close. The competition was initially supposed to conclude earlier, but following an onslaught of requests from participants, the final date for acceptance of entries was moved to March 17. The competition entries included children’s drawings, posters, essays, science-fiction stories, multimedia presentations and films devoted to Yuri Gagarin and the...

18.03.2011
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Politics

As a part of the international First in Space campaign, the Analytical Department of the Russkiy Mir Foundation will hold an intellectual contest on the theme of space exploration and the first manned spaceflight. The contest is intended for schoolchildren of the middle and upper levels as well as beginning students studying Russian and interested in the history of space exploration. The participants will have to answer 65 questions divided into two level of difficulty. Preparation for this...

18.03.2011
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Politics

Russia's Soyuz TMA-M capsule landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, ferrying three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) safely back to Earth, space officials said, RIA Novosti reports. The capsule, carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka and U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly – part of an ISS team known as Expedition 26 – touched down in heavy snow in central Kazakhstan at 07:54 GMT, mission control said. The new-generation Soyuz craft undocked from...

16.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The advanced Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft with a crew of three undocked from the International Space Station in automated mode on Wednesday, Russia's Mission Control said, RIA Novosti reports. The landing of the capsule carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, and U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is expected later on Wednesday at a designated area in Kazakhstan. Kaleri, Skripochka and Kelly spent almost five months in orbit. They carried out several spacewalks and conducted over...

15.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Russian space agency Roscosmos said Monday it had postponed the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying members of a new crew to the International Space Station due to technical problems, RIA Novosti reports. The launch of the TMA-21 was originally scheduled for March 30 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. "A decision has been made to postpone the launch of the TMA-21 from March 30 until a later date due to technical reasons," Roscosmos spokesman Alexander Vorobyev told reporters. Vorobyev said that during the...

14.03.2011 Subject: Politics

On March 9, the Russian Center in Belgrade celebrated the birthday of Yuri Gagarin. Visitors of the center were first treated to a showing of the documental film ‘Our Gagarin’, which allowed a glimpse of the first spacecraft designs of Tsioklovsky, the first Soviet rockets, Gagarin’s flight, the first spacewalk, first Russian orbiting stations… The film was followed by a discussion of the history of Russia’s space exploration efforts, about the life of Yuri Gagarin, his training to become the...

12.03.2011 Subject: Politics

On March 9, web surfers will be able to take part in a special stage of the Gagarin Cup, which is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight, Voice of Russia reports. The Internet education project, which will be all about Russian language, specifically recalls that Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s “Up We Go” became the first words uttered in outer space. The Wednesday event is due to kick off at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time in a show of tribute to Gagarin’s historic flight, which took...

09.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The space shuttle Discovery on Monday undocked from the U.S. segment of the International Space Station (ISS), a statement on NASA's website said, RIA Novosti reports. NASA planned to undock Discovery on Sunday, but was extended 24 hours in order to give extra time to unpack and equip the Permanent Multipurpose Module and to load waste into the HTV-2 cargo vessel that is to undock at the end of March. Discovery's final mission before being retired lasted 12 days and delivered a human-like robot, Robonaut 2, to the ISS. Robonaut...

09.03.2011 Subject: Politics

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