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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 history.

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 “Cosmic Odyssey”.