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On this occasion, a ceremonial opening of the exhibition "#SPUTNIK60" took place in the Russian Cultural and Information Center on the 9th of October.

In his welcoming speech to the guests, H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Bulgaria, outlined the peaks in the Russian exploration of the space - from the flight of Yuri Gagarin to the commissioning of the newest Eastern spaceport, he reminded of the rich experience of the Russian-Bulgarian cooperation in the field of space research.

The Head of Rossotrudnichestvo and the Director of the Russian Cultural and Information Center, Pavel Zhuravlev, and the cosmonaut, the Russian hero, Oleg Skripochka, one of the Russian cosmonauts who worked at the International Space Station, also addressed the audience. Representatives of the Roscosmos State Corporation, which prepared the exhibition, were also present. Among the guests of the event were the first Bulgarian astronaut Georgi Ivanov, Bulgarian scientists, journalists and children, attracted by the space science.

The exhibition "#SPUTNIK60" consists of multimedia materials and interactive panels presenting the Russian space records, the history of space studies, Russia's participation in international projects in this field. At its center, however, was the full-scale model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth – a globe with a diameter of 56 cm and a weight of 83.6 kg.

Here's what we read about the Earth's first artificial satellite in the invitation to the Roscosmos exhibition: "60 years ago, the cosmic era of mankind began. On the 4th of October 1957, the first man-made artificial satellite of the Earth was launched, reaching the first space velocity of 7.9 kilometers per second. This event was the result of many years of work by tens and hundreds of thousands of specialists - scientists, engineers, constructors, technologists, builders and others. Under the leadership of Sergei Korolev, they created a new technology for overcoming the gravity, and thus brought the beginning of the cosmic era closer. Then would follow: the first animals in the Earth's orbit, the first spacecraft Luna-1 to reach the second space velocity, the first human space flight, Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut woman, Valentina Tereshkova, the first man in open space - Alexey Leonov, the first man on the Moon - Neil Armstrong and hundreds of other triumphs of mankind".

The exhibition "#SPUTNIK60" goes under the motto "Look Up!!" - a call to lift our heads and look at the stars, to dare for the unknown, the unfamiliar and the impossible, to strive for new victories and discoveries.

Photos: "Diplomatic Spectrum"

1. On a screen in the center of the hall a video greeting from the crew of the International Space Station, the space cosmonauts, the Heroes of Russia, A. Musurkin and S. N. Ryazanski was broadcasted.

2. Oleg Skripochka personally addressed the guests at the RCIC, and after the opening of the exhibition dozens of people waited for his autograph.

3. During the event a ceremony for the validation of the anniversary stamp designed especially for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite on Earth and the 60th anniversary of the Bulgarian Astronautical Society took place. The stamp was made by the artist Hristo Aleksiev and is printed in 11 thousand copies. It depicts the first artificial satellite of the Earth. At the ceremony from left to right: H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Dimitar Genovski, the Cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, President of the Bulgarian Astronautics Society Prof. Petar Getsov and the First Bulgarian Cosmonaut Georti Ivanov /Photo: The Embassy of the Russian Federation/

4. A moment from the opening