The Cosmonautics Day was marked at the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre.

On April 17. The event was organized by the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Chennai together with TNSTC. Students and teachers from different schools of Chennai, representatives of the RCSC and TNSTC as well as the visitors to TNSTC participated in the program.

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first manned space flight. Worldwide, April 12 is celebrated as the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics - the day of triumph in science and the Day of all those who are currently working in the space industry.

In honor of this day, a photo exhibition “108 minutes that shook the world’ was inaugurated at the TNSTCenter, which presents photos depicting the most vivid and important moments in the life of Yuri Gagarin, about the training of Soviet cosmonauts, the preparation and implementation of the first manned Space flight and his triumphant return to Earth.

Prof. Dr. S. Soundararajaperumal, Joint Director of TNSTC opening the event, wished everyone on the holiday, noting that the heroic deed of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is made for the sake of all mankind and has international character.  TNSTC every day receives hundreds of visitors of different age groups and this exhibition is a unique opportunity to introduce as many people as possible to significant events from the history of space.

Mr. M. Gorbatov, Deputy Head of mission Rossotrudnichestvo in India made a presentation about the first manned flight into space. He talked about the preparation of Yuri Gagarin for the flight, about the selection system, about the moments and problems that had to be encountered during the flight, about landing and reaction of the whole world to the successful launch of spacecraft with a man aboard by the Soviet Union.

Dr. Srimathy Kesan, Director of Space Kidz India said that in the field of space exploration India and Russia are linked by a long-term successful history of cooperation. She encouraged children to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.

Mrs. V. Valli, Deputy Director of TNSTC thanked the RCSC for organizing this event and for the opportunity to learn more about the legendary man,Yuri Gagarin.

Then, the school students from “Devi Academy” and “GK Shetty Vivekananda Vidyalaya” visited the exhibition and asked interesting questions to Mikhail Gorbatov. At the end, he wished them success and expressed the hope that in future they will become great scientists of India.