Today, on April 12, cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov, who are on board the International Space Station (ISS), received gifts for Cosmonautics Day.
Presents from relatives were placed in boxes in advance, signed and delivered on a spaceship. On the eve of the holiday, the cosmonauts took them out of the stowage, and opened them only today.
At the moment, Artemyev and Matveev are continuing preparations for a spacewalk, which is scheduled for April 18.
“61 years ago, our country took another step towards the discovering of the unknown – the conquest of the universe by man. A new page of history has begun – the history of manned space flights,” Oleg Artemyev said.
“His [Yuri Gagarin‘s] flight demonstrated to the whole world the superiority of domestic science and technology,” Denis Matveev stated.
“We are the first! Thanks to Yuri Gagarin! And we will never forget his feat! So it was, it is and it will be! We thank everyone who has worked and continues to work for the benefit of space exploration!” Sergey Korsakov said.
In addition, today at 10 am Moscow time, the annual action, the All-Russian Space Dictation, has begun – both in a remote and face-to-face format. The dictation consisted of 30 questions covering various fields of knowledge: the biography of the legends of Russian cosmonautics, life and work in orbit, planetary exploration and much more.
The action was held by the Hero of Russia, pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, president of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center Fyodor Yurchikhin. One of the questions was even made personally from the cosmonauts of Roscosmos from aboard the International Space Station.