Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin met students at Moscow Aviation Institute on Cosmonautics Day

12 April 2021

On the 12th of April, on the day of the 60th anniversary of the first flight to space, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin visited Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University).

At the beginning of his visit, he laid flowers to the MAI memorial boards honoring the memory of the great designers and scientists who made an invaluable contribution to the development of the aerospace industry, who studied and worked at the University.

At the Aerospace Institute No. 6, the head of the government visited the laboratory and the objects that are used for educational purposes, and then met with students and graduate students of the country's leading aerospace universities, including MAI, BMSTU, MSU, Reshetnev University, and Samara University. The meeting was held in the form of a dialogue: the participants had the opportunity to communicate with the Prime Minister and ask him questions. The students had the opportunity to tell about their projects.

“Dear friends, dear students! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on Cosmonautics Day. Today we celebrate the anniversary of the historic flight of Yury Gagarin, and here, in Moscow Aviation Institute, we now celebrate the outstanding merits of scientists, with whose names the space industry development is connected. They are the people, thanks to whom our aerospace industry has achieved tremendous success, they are well-known all over the world.

The first flight of a man into outer space is not just a historical fact, but it is also a matter of special pride in Russia. And this is as well a matter of pride for our scientists, engineers – all those, whose work and talents made such achievements possible. MAI graduates worked in the team of Sergey Korolev, the great designer. Those who developed new models of aircraft, helicopters, spacecraft – studied here. Twenty-three cosmonauts got MAI diplomas. In fact, every fifth person, who was at the orbit, is MAI graduate. These are people famous to the whole country. You continue their mission, and I am sure that they would be proud of you, young guys who decided to devote their lives to aviation and space and to move the industry forward”, said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Pogosyan, MAI Rector, Alexander Bloshenko, Roscosmos Executive Director for Prospective Programs and Science, and other honored guests attended the meeting.

The conversation with students covered the following topics: the satellites designed in the universities, the support of the young scientists, the development of startups, the demand for engineering education, and others.

As part of his visit, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation inspected several MAI space laboratories, in particular, the Mishin Cosmonautics Center, where the Lunar Module LK 11F94, Soyuz Spacecraft, Russian Automatic Interplanetary Station “Mars-96” and other unique samples of rocket and space technology are presented.

Besides, the head of the Government visited the modern exposition of the Orbital Piloted Station “Almaz” – a full-fledged training laboratory, where students study the layouts of space orbital stations of previous generations.

“Russian engineering school is traditionally considered to be one of the strongest in the world. MAI Museum carefully preserves the memory of great scientists, engineers, cosmonauts, and their discoveries. Achievements in space have always been the pride of our country. And I can claim that our space industry still holds leading positions”, said Mikhail Mishustin.


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