An open lesson and a photo exhibition “Space exploration” were organized at the Birla planetarium of the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre (TNSTC) on March 31, 2017. These programs were held in commemoration of 110th birth anniversary of the founder of Russian cosmonautics Sergei Korolev and 60thanniversary of the launch of the world’s first artificial earth satellite.
The event was organized by the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Chennai together with TNSTC and was attended by Mr. S. L. Kotov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in South India, Prof. Dr. S. Soundararajaperumal, Joint Director of TNSTC, and Prof. Valli, Assistant Director of TNSTC as well as teachers and students.
The event started with an opening ceremony of the photo exhibition “Space exploration”. Interesting facts from the history of Russian cosmonautics, about the launch of the first artificial earth satellite, the work, research, development and ingenious discoveries of designer S. P. Korolev were revealed.
Then there was an open lesson about S. P. Korolev, outstanding Soviet scientist, chief designer and founding father of the Soviet space program, creator of the missile defense system, which reliably protected Russia from any kind of aggressor, and about whom many books are written and many documentaries and feature films are filmed.
Mr. Mikhail Gorbatov, Deputy Head of mission Rossotrudnichestvo in India, dwelt upon the history of Russian cosmonautics. He noted that sixty years ago on October 4, stunning news had spread worldwide: the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial earth satellite. And April 12, 1961 our planet enthusiastically welcomed the first Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The creator of these historical achievements Korolev remained in the shadow: creator of the Soviet space program and the "nuclear shield" was a most strict state secret. The country and the world learned about Sergei Korolev only after his death in 1966. His ashes were buried with state honors at Red Square in Moscow.
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. Audience listened with interest about the space exploration and enjoyed the photo exhibition.