On November 2, at 17:00 Moscow time, the state corporation Roscosmos, together with the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics and the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics, will hold a remote meeting. It is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the first expedition to the International Space Station and will be broadcast online.
Recall: the history of the ISS began on November 20, 1998, when Russia, using a Proton-K rocket, launched the first element of the ISS into orbit – the Zarya functional cargo block. Then on December 7, 1998, the shuttle Endeavor docked the American module Unity. After 3 days, the hatch to the Unity module was opened, and Robert Kabana and Sergey Krikalev, as representatives of the United States and Russia, entered the station. On July 26, 2000, the ISS was replenished with the Zvezda service module, and on November 2, the Soyuz TM-31 manned transport vehicle delivered the crew of the first expedition to the ISS.
The participant of the first manned mission to the station, the hero of the USSR and the hero of Russia, pilot-cosmonaut Sergey Krikalev during the broadcast will talk about the first expedition to the ISS and the importance of international cooperation in the field of manned astronautics. The studio will also be attended by Deputy Director of the Department of Manned Space Programs of the State Corporation Roscosmos Vladimir Daneev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Russian Space magazine Igor Marinin and Director of the Museum of Cosmonautics Natalya Artyukhina.
During the meeting, the director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin will speak, and the audience will see a video greeting from the ISS-64 crew – cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and Keith Rubins. Representatives of foreign space agencies participating in the ISS program NASA, ESA, JAXA will also join the broadcast. Direct inclusion of schoolchildren and students from St. Petersburg, Stavropol, Krasnodar Territory and the Moscow Region is also planned.
You can watch the live broadcast on the pages of Roscosmos on VKontakte, the Museum of Cosmonautics, on the Roscosmos TV channel on YouTube and on the Museum’s video channel. By the way, anyone can look at the earth from ISS cameras in real time at any time.
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