Nepal scientific community commemorates the 80th birth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin

April 9, Kathmandu. On the eve of Cosmonautics Day (April 12), the Russian Centre of Science and Culture jointly with scientific communities: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, B.P.Koirala Planetarium, Nepal Physical Society, Nepal Astronomical Society and Nepal Science Olympiad organized a solemn meeting to mark the 80th birthday anniversary of the first man in space and Hero of the Soviet Union Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

The Meeting was opened with the screening of a short documentary depicting cosmonaut training for space flight and the interesting memoirs about Yuri Gagarin by his contemporaries.

The Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Stanislav Simakov in his opening remarks elaborated on the importance of the development of space in Russia and the world. He shed light on biography of Yuri Gagarin and his first spaceflight in 1961 which lasted for 108 minutes.

The president of Nepal Physical Society Professor Jeevan Jyoti Nakarmi stressed that in the 21st century, all the sciences are closely interrelated. The same technology can be used at home and in space exploration. President of Nepal Astronomical Society Academician Rishi Shah shared his memories of that time when he learned of the first manned flight into space: "For us then, it was the beginning of a new era, new beginning", said he.

Member-Secretary of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Prof. Prakash Chandra Adhikari pointed out that Gagarin spared from any political overtones: "He was primarily the first earthling to go into space, and the representative of not only one country".

The guest of honor of the event Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Russia in Nepal Valery Anichkin congratulated all the participants on the Cosmonautics Day, noting that Nepal from all over the world is closer to the cosmos. The Chief guest of the meeting, Vice Chancellor of NAST Dr. Surendra Raj Kafle, in his speech appreciated the RCSC in Kathmandu for organizing such an event and especially stressed that the Russian side has always supported the development of science in Nepal and still making a significant contribution to the promotion of advanced Russian technologies for Nepalese society.

During the solemn meeting on the territory of the RCSC Nepal Astronomical Society organized a small telescope view of the sun set in Kathmandu for the students of the capital.

The program was attended by more than 200 people. The event was covered by major print and electronic media in Nepal.