Fifty six students from Tamil Nadu were taken on a Space Education Tour to Russia from September 28 to October 6 covering 8 nights and 9 days.
Muskin Aleks Petrovic , the Vice President of Russian Air force was in conversation with the students at the Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology at St. Petersburg who later honoured the students with certificates of appreciation.
Member of a high-level delegation from India, P.Thangappan of IRCCI signed an agreement with Viktor Krivopuskov, president of IASP. Following this agreement a group of 56 school students from Velammal Nexus and other schools, 4 teachers and one reporter were granted permission for visiting their Space Museum.
On arrival at Moscow, students were taken to Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology at St. Petersburg where they witnessed the look alike models of Russian rocket engines that were used by the Russians at their initial stages, a Soviet era re-entry capsule, a number of cosmonauts’ space suits, and even the space-dogs Belka and Strelka and St. Petersburg flag that adorned the Mir Space Station for 161 days in the early 2000s, and which was returned to Earth in time for the city’s 300th Anniversary celebrations in 2003.
They also got the opportunity to see the Cosmonaut Memorial Monument built over the museum itself which is a huge steel construction that appears to hang in space, its arc culminating in a rocket pointed at the sky and first experimental liquid fuel engine of USSR, the ORM-1, build and tested between 1930 and 1931, instruments to measure X-rays and ultraviolet radiation from Sun.
The students were made to stay at Hotel Cosmos, Moscow. They were then taken to Yuri Gargain Astronauts Training Center where they witnessed the look alike model of International Space Center. This was followed by their visit to Tsiolkovsky State Museum , Moscow Planetarium and the technical territory of the Cosmonauts Training Centre.
Secretary of Indo – Russia Chamber of Commerce P.Thangappan organised this ‘space tour’ together with Correspondent of Velammal Nexus School Velmohan and Principal Hemalatha.
The students got the opportunity to interact with cosmonauts during the tour. The IRCC also is aiming to bring a couple of cosmonauts to Chennai and South India in the coming months, where they will interact with students.