Voices from Russia

Friday, 3 April 2015

If the Russian Cosmonauts Pee on the Tyre, Do the Americans Do So as Well? Perspirin’ Minds Wanna Know…

00a ISS crew. 29.10.12. Baikonur

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Cosmonauts follow some “bizarre” rituals like being slapped in the face with a cross before going to space. American and Russian cosmonauts, and even rockets, all go through an official blessing dished out by a Russian Orthodox priest. Photos from NASA’s official photographer showed that the same cleric has carried out the ritual with gusto for a few years now. As well as getting a visit from a priest, cosmonauts and astronauts contribute to an avenue of trees planted before each mission, and watch the same pre-flight movie before takeoff (a cult Russian “Western” from 1969). The Russian cosmonauts also reportedly urinate on the back right-hand tyre of the bus that takes them to the launch pad, a tradition started by Gagarin himself before his first flight.

2 April 2015

ANI

https://in.news.yahoo.com/bizarre-rituals-astronauts-going-space-102555691.html

Editor:

Note that American cosmonauts have to go into space on Russian rockets. It’s all due to Republican cuts to NASA to free funds for warmongering and tax breaks for the Affluent Effluent. There IS a cost for all the wars and the cossetting of the top Five Percent. Reflect on that as you avoid the ever-increasing potholes (there’s no money to fix those, either)…

BMD

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

DonNTU First University to Receive the Academician V P Glushko International Prize

00 DonNTU award. Donetsk. 31.03.15

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Today,Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU) was the first DNR educational institution awarded the prestigious Academician V P Glushko International Prize. The son of the prominent scientist, Major General A V Glushko, handed over the award to A Ya Anoprienko, DonNTU Rector. General Glushko spoke about the DonNTU’s achievements, “It’s one of the most-recognised higher institutes in the SNG due to its compelling research in hundreds of projects for a variety of industries, from geology and metallurgy to mechanical engineering and mining. Even in wartime, in fact under conditions of blockade, it still pays special attention to promote science and technology”. In turn, Rector Anoprienko said, “DonNTU has received the first Academician V P Glushko International Prize. In time, the award will go to leading scientists, artists, and pilot-cosmonauts. We’ll do our best to continue research in our school, to train and develop higher-education science”. DNR Minister of Education and Science Igor Kostenok congratulated DonNTU’s students and faculty, “Today, the DNR is emerging. It’s important for us not only survive, but to develop systematically. In this, our foremost assistants are scientists and higher science, which since Soviet times were amongst the top ranks. We should undertake the most serious study. Awarding such high honours… that’s the best way to do it”.

The International Academy of Spiritual Unity of the People of the World UNESCO “For the Promotion of Science in Literature” established the Academician V P Glushko International Prize in 2005. Over the next eight years, the Academy gave out the award, but there are no records of who received it and what they received. This was due to the lack of a legal basis, as well as financial difficulties. After 2013, due to the efforts of the St Petersburg Foundation for Support of Education and Science, the Prize became official.

V P Glushko (1908-89) was a Soviet engineer and scientist specialising in rocket and space technology and was a pioneer in liquid rocket engines. Beginning in 1974, he became director and general designer of NPO Energiya, which designed the 11K25 Energiya booster-rocket/MTKK Buran reusable space shuttle system. He became Academician of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR and the USSR, twice winner of the State Prize of the USSR, and twice Hero of Socialist Labour.

31 March 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/culture/doneckij-texuniversitet-pervym-sredi-vuzov-mira-poluchil-mezhdunarodnuyu-premiyu-im-akademika-glushko.html

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Russia to Consider Training First Guatemalan Cosmonaut

00 russian cosmonaut. 26.03.15

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On Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said that Moscow would consider a request for a Guatemalan cosmonaut to undergo training in Russia, saying at a joint press conference with his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Morales, “We received a request to consider whether a Guatemalan cosmonaut could  come to a training centre in Russia. Of course, we’d consider this request”. Lavrov added that Guatemala made the request to the Russian Federal Space Agency, which will consider it alongside other countries participating in the International Space Station project.

26 March 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/society/20150326/1020057956.html

Editor:

Why is the American space programme lying in the dust, so much so that American cosmonauts have to hitch rides on Russian spacecraft to the ISS? It’s because of Republican wars and Republican tax giveaways to the Affluent Effluent. Thank you, Ted Cruz! That’s what the Republicans have brought the USA to… NASA now has to beg Russia to let Americans go into space. Note well that Russia is far more generous than the greedster Anglo Americans are. Just sayin’…

BMD

Monday, 9 March 2015

First Cosmonaut Yu A Gagarin Would’ve Been 81 Today

00 Yuri Gagarin Birthday 2012

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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born 9 March 1934 in Gzhatsk (Smolensk Oblast, RSFSR). His mother, Anna Timofeyevna, and his father, Aleksei Ivanovich, were ordinary peasants from Klushino in Gzhatsk Raion. They gave young Yura a good work ethic and saw to it that he became a considerate person. Having lived through difficult times during the German occupation, the Gagarin family moved in 1945 from Klushino to Gzhatsk. After his graduation from secondary school, Yura entered Vocational School 10 in Lyubertsy on 30 September 1949, studying moulding and casting, finishing in June 1950. In August 1950, he entered Saratov Industrial College. On 25 October 1954, he started flight instruction at the Saratov flying club. In 1955, he graduated from Saratov Industrial College, and on 10 October 1955, he finished his flight training at the Saratov flying club. On 27 October 1957, Gagarin married Valentina Ivanovna Goryachyova, who was his faithful companion for many years. Their family grew; they had two daughters, Lena and Galya.

On 26 December 1957, he reported to the Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Northern Fleet. Learning about a candidate search for testing new technology, on 9 December 1959, Gagarin requested transfer to this group. On 18 December, they ordered him to report to Moscow, to go to the Central Scientific Research Aviation Hospital for a health test. On 3 March 1960, Lieutenant General of Aviation Kamanin presented Senior Marshal of Aviation Vershinin (commander of the VVS) with a list of selected pilots… the candidate cosmonauts. On 11 March 1960, Gagarin started this new phase of his life. On 25 March, the cosmonaut-training programme began in earnest. On 12 April 1961, Gagarin became the first man to make a space flight, flying the Vostok 1. He won the Hero of the Soviet Union, and the day of Gagarin’s spaceflight became a holiday… Cosmonautics Day, starting from 12 April 1962. With this endeavour, Gagarin opened up the Road to the Cosmos.

In 1966, Gagarin became an Honorary Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics, and, in 1964, he became commander of all Soviet cosmonauts. In June 1966, Gagarin started training under for the Soyuz programme. He became backup to Komarov, who made the first flight on the new ship. His own scheduled flight wasn’t far off… in the meantime, on 17 February 1968, Gagarin defended his thesis project at the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. The State Examinations Commission awarded him certification as a qualified pilot-cosmonaut engineer. Until his last days, Gagarin served as deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In his honour, the state renamed his hometown Gzhatsk “Gagarin”. His name will forever remain in the cosmos, which he reimagined for mankind… one of the largest (250-kilometre-diameter) crater on the far side of the moon is named for Gagarin. That is symbolic… it’s located between Tsiolkovsky Crater and the Sea of ​​Dreams. In 1968, the International Aeronautical Federation established a medal named after Gagarin, which it awards to individuals who make special contributions to air and space exploration. Gagarin’s name has long been synonymous for pioneers in any field of activity on a par with Columbus. Gagarin wrote in his diary shortly before his death on 12 March 1968, “I have no greater desire than the desire to fly. A pilot must fly. Always fly”. On 27 March 1968, he died in an air crash near Novoselovo Kirzhachsky (Vladimir Oblast) during a routine training flight. His ashes are in the Kremlin Wall on Red Square in Moscow.

9 March 2015

Politikus.ru

http://politikus.ru/v-rossii/45123-segodnya-9-marta-2015-goda-ispolnyaetsya-81-god-so-dnya-rozhdeniya-yuriya-alekseevicha-gagarina.html

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