7 апреля 2011

Inauguration of the new Planetarium in the city of Yaroslavl

On the 7th of April the new Planetarium was inaugurated in the city of Yaroslavl (Russian Federation), built on the basis of modern technologies and equipped with the sophisticated digital instruments. It is a momentous event of the astronautics year in Russia and the 50th anniversary of the First Manned Flight into Outer Space.

The Planetarium is named in honor of the famous Ms.Valentina Tereshkova, first woman cosmonaut, personal call name "Chaika". She took part in the opening ceremony together with the Governor of the Yaroslavl Region Mr. Sergey Vakhrukov and the cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Mr. Alexei Leonov.

The Tereshkova Cultural and Educational Center was one of the objects built for the recent celebration of the 1000 years anniversary of Yaroslavl.

The Planetarium includes the observatory, the unique Star hall with optical and digital projection equipment for 96 visitors, the interactive optional and educational class, media-cafй and Space Museum that tells the history of the first team of cosmonauts, the participation of women and the flight of the legendary countrywoman to the Outer Space. The exhibition demonstrates various items: from the First Airship to the International Space Station, which were specially made for this Centre.

Ms.Valentina Tereshkova will also participate in a solemn ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the First Manned Flight into Outer Space, which will be held on the 21st of April at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Prepared by the Permanent Delegation of Russia to UNESCO on the information of the Russian Mass Media