The function, jointly organised with the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA), was dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the launch by the USSR the first Artificial Earth Satellite Sputnik-I. The function comprised a Photo Exhibition “The History of Space Exploration”, a multi-media presentation and the screening of the documentary film “The First Satellite”.
Tracing the background of the remarkable Russian achievements in the sphere of space science, Dr. N. Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi, made an emphatic reference to the Soviet Union’s pioneering efforts in the research, development and historic feats to the benefit of the entire mankind. She noted that the Russian initiative and systematic evolution in this field became a landmark event in the scientific world. She described in detail the activities of the Nehru Planetarium generating the scientific temper of science enthusiasts, particularly the young generation. She called upon the people to be part of the scientific displays and shows in the planetarium to acquaint themselves with the mysteries of universe.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, President, FIPA, also spoke on the occasion on the role of RCSC in instilling in the minds of the people the Russian activities in the development of space science through relevant programmes thereby promoting the strengthening of bilateral relations.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Mr. Alexey Shaposhnikov, Head of Science and Technology Section of the RCSC, narrated the epoch-making launching of the first Artificial Earth Satellite Sputnik-I on October 4, 1957 by the Soviet Union, which triggered the start of the Space Age. He continued his presentation with the historic bilateral cooperation between Russia and Indian in the field of space science with special emphasis on the launching of Indian satellites, Russian-Indian joint space flight and Chandrayan Moon project.