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Space Lesson held at RSC Energia

December 22, 2017

Today, December 22, RSC Energia hosted a Space Lesson on the subject of Electromagnetic Environment: Space Communications, participating in which were schoolchildren from Korolev, Tomsk and Sochi.

The space lesson was organized by RSC Energia, administration of Tomsk region, Tomsk State Pedagogical University and an affiliate of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company - STVRC Tomsk.

The Lesson took place at the Corporation Museum where the pupils of the aerospace class of Korolev Gymnasium No.11 and external experts gathered together. Having a live video link with them was Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi and the Center for Extended Education of the Tomsk State Pedagogical University (TSPU). There was a live broadcast of the event on the internet.

Taking part in the Space Lesson as experts were pilot-cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri; RSC Energia chief specialist Victor Blagov; RF distinguished designer Alexander Chernayvski.

The lesson was given by a graduate of the TSPU Physics and Math Department Rustam Kononenko.

Victor Blagov told the schoolchildren about the origins and development of technologies for space communications. A participant in many space projects, including Gagarin’s mission and Soviet-American Soyuz-Apollo mission, Victor Blagov pointed out that Energia pointed out that Energia paid a great deal of attention to global space communications: As far back as from the start of Mir space station operation in 1986, MCC specialists got a chance to keep the station under their watch 24-hours a day.

- A lot of things have been accomplished towards creating the communications system of the future where any kinds of information can be sent to any point on Earth and beyond it, and I can see that there are people now who can see it through, - wrapped up his lecture Mr. Blagov.

After that, participants in the Space Lesson presented their space projects. Future engineers proposed their solutions for a walking planetary rover for the Moon and Mars, a research station for studying the South Pole of the Moon, an adaptation of the Orlan-ISS spacesuit to planetary activities.

A student of the aerospace class of Gymnasium No.11 (Korolev) Alexei Solomatin explained his ideas on increasing the viewing angle and improving the surface traction of the spacesuit directly with the commander of the ISS-54 crew Alexander Misurkin and flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov. Our cosmonauts took an interest in Alexei’s proposals and promised to give them a thought as early as their next spacewalk, which is scheduled for February.

During a half-hour communications session with the ISS Russian Segment a chance to put their questions to cosmonauts was given not only to participants in the Space Lesson, by also to any internet user watching the broadcast online and having a Google account. Participants in the Expedition ISS-54 wished the kids every success in achieving their goals and never stop halfway.

To wrap up the lesson, Alexander Cherniavsky gave the kids a home assignment: To prepare by the end of the New Year holidays their proposals for conducting scientific experiments onboard the ISS.

Space Lessons is a one-of-a-kind all-Russia educational project, within the framework of which schoolchildren submit their science projects to specialists in space industry and talk in real time with cosmonauts onboard the ISS. In the long run, such lessons may become a part of curricula all over Russia. In 2017 there have been 5 space lessons.
The project was initiated by RSC Energia, administration of the Tomsk province, Institute for Physics of Strength and Materials Science of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, and an affiliate of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company - STVRC Tomsk.

 

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