Free viewings, lectures and Saturday coffee at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh

On May 13-15, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh will host tours of the space stations. Station “Mir” and others”, “Satellites. Earth from space”, lectures “Invented space. Vladimir Vernadsky, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Tolstoy, Georgy Krutikov, The Future of Astronomy, and Saturday coffee at Cosmos. Participation in all activities is free, with advance registration.

May 13 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m excursions “Space outposts. Station “Mir” and others”, dedicated to the 80th birthday of cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov. Guests will learn about the problems of the Salyut-7 station, which Dzhanibekov took part in solving. Visitors will learn the history of the creation of long-term orbital stations in Soviet Union, get acquainted with their creators and inhabitants. The guides of the center will talk about the first docking of two spacecraft, how and why the Almaz station and the Mir orbital complex were created, how the work of the International Space Station is carried out today, and they will also show a full-scale mock-up of the Mir station.

Vladimir Dzhanibekov was born on May 13, 1942 in the village of Iskander, Bostanlyk district, Tashkent region (Uzbekistan). In 1960, he entered the Faculty of Physics at Leningrad State University, but left after the first semester and decided to become a military pilot. In 1961-1965 he was a cadet at the Yeisk Higher Military Aviation Pilot School, received a diploma of a pilot-engineer with honors.

He made his first space flight on January 10-16, 1978 as crew commander of the Soyuz-27 spacecraft during the program for the first expedition to visit the Salyut-6 orbital station. The second time he flew into space on March 22-30, 1981 as the commander of the Soviet-Mongolian crew of the Soyuz-39 spacecraft, he worked on the Salyut-6 station. The third time Dzhanibekov was in orbit on June 24 – July 2, 1982 as the commander of the Soyuz T-6 spacecraft under the Soviet-French program, worked on the Salyut-7 station. He made his fourth spaceflight on July 17-29, 1984 as commander of the prime crew of Soyuz T-12. During this expedition on Salyut-7 on July 25, 1984, together with Svetlana Savitskaya, he made a spacewalk, which lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes. The fifth time Dzhanibekov went into space on June 6 – September 26, 1985, when he was the commander of the Soyuz T-13 spacecraft. During this mission, many problems arose, including when docking with the Salyut-7 station, which can be found on excursions. Advance registration is required.

May 14 at 12:00 in the lecture hall of the center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” next Saturday coffee takes place in the “Cosmos” room. This is a new format for educational activities that was shown at the exhibition this year. In a friendly atmosphere in the lecture hall over a cup of coffee, the participants will talk about the news of science. This time the name of the meeting is “Why telescopes fly into space”, and the invited specialist will be an astrophysicist, science popularizer, employee of the Sternberg State Astronomical Institute Vsevolod Lander. The guests will discuss how astronomers study space with the help of telescopes, what new devices have found after flying out of the Earth’s atmosphere. Participation by registration.

May 14 at 4:00 p.m lecture “Invented space. Vladimir Vernadsky, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Tolstoy, Georgy Krutikov. Lecturer is Andrey Velikanov, a Moscow artist, philosopher and art theorist. He will talk about Russian cosmists and their ideas, about how artists and architects of the Russian avant-garde described outer space. Registration on the website.

May 15 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m Visitors to the Center “Cosmonautics and Aviation” are waiting for excursions “Satellites: Earth from Space”, timed to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet scientific laboratory “Sputnik-3”. Guests will learn how satellite technologies are used in the modern world, see models of modern and historical satellites, and also learn why the word “satellite” is known worldwide.

The third artificial Earth satellite – the first heavy scientific “laboratory in space” – was launched on May 15, 1958. There were 12 scientific instruments on board. The unit flew until April 6, 1960. Pre-registration via the link.

May 15 at 4:00 p.m those who wish can attend the lecture “The Future of Astronomy”. The lecturer is a Russian astrophysicist and popularizer of science, doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, leading researcher at the State Astronomical Institute named after AIPK Sternberg, professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Popov. He will talk about the most important prospects for the nearest development of the science of the universe and the probability of getting answers to difficult astronomical questions, as well as talk to participants about the future of astronomy in the next 20-30 years. Registration is required.

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