50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight celebrated at the Russian Center of Science & Culture
The Russian Center of Science & Culture (RCSC) marked the 50th anniversary of the first spaceflight in the
history of mankind conducted by the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 by holding a special function jointly
organized with Russian Embassy in Kathmandu and Nepal-Russia partner associations.
Welcoming the gathering, Russian Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin inaugurated
a photo exhibition “Soviet space legends” comprising about 60 rare and unique shots as well as biographies of prominent
Soviet and Russian cosmonauts. The ceremony was followed by an official talk programme and a documentary on Yuri
Gagarin’s expedition to outer space.
The event was chaired by Prof. Dr. Prakash Chandra Adhikari, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Secretary of
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology who read out the congratulatory letter on behalf of the Prime-Minister of
Nepal Rt. Hon. Mr. Jhalanath Khanal.
Mr. Stanislav Simakov, RCSC Director, highlighted the contribution of Soviet and Russian spacemen and scientists to
space exploration for the benefit of humanity and noted that the objective of the function was to disseminate
information on space research and development of space science in Russia and referred to a series of functions
organized commemorate the epoch-making space mission, accomplished by Yuri Gagarin, a landmark event in scientific
In his keynote address, H.E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin paid glowing tributes to Yuri Gagarin, whose outstanding feat
marked a new era in the history of mankind. The story of Yuri Gagarin and his rush to infinity of outer space is highly
symbolic as it reflects the biography of his generation who at early age faced the scourge of the second World War and
succeeded in post-war recovery of the nation thus retaining its great-power status and making tremendous achievements
in science and technology that eventually opened the way to stars for humanity, he said.
Russian Ambassador also made an interesting observation that Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight had brought a paradigm shift
in the perception of international relations dominated by the Cold War imperative of survival in a nuclear catastrophe
for years portrayed as inevitable and unleashed a new area of international cooperation to jointly combat global
challenges and reinforce implementation of development goals.
The event received a vivid response and was attended by more than 200 guests including leading intellectuals,
high-ranking Nepal civil service officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps and central mass-media who were
provided with Russian space documentaries produced within the framework of the International Educational Programme