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An inspiring live double lecture on Russian and European space exploration!
Posted: 27 October, 2014

An inspiring live double lecture on Russian and European space exploration!

On Thursday, the most exciting evening of the Space exploration week of the program, there were two lectures by our visiting experts this week – Acad. Mikhail Marov (Russian Academy of Science) and Antonio Fortunato (ESA).

Acad. Marov gave a fascinating lecture, in which he talked about the history of Soviet Space robotic exploration (especially Lunar, Venus and Mars missions) and shared his own rich experiences participating in it for more than 50 years, the current and future scientific and exploratory missions. He gave a very frank account of the Soviet/Russian Space program, pointing out not only the successes of the Russian Space program, but also its shortcomings.

The second lecture of the event was given by Antonio Fortunato, leader of the EUROCOM (the team that communicates directly with astronauts at the International Space Station), and deputy lead of the ISS crew operations team. He talked about the European experience in building and operating the ISS, shared gripping stories about life-threatening situations with astronauts, and gave us a glimpse of what astronauts and support crew are up to every day. After the their presentations, the two authors held a more than hour-long Q&A session for the Cadets and guests, which continued, and were bombarded with questions.


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