Alexander Laveikin: “Flights must go on”
In Moscow memorial Museum of cosmonautics in full swing preparing for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. Open exhibitions, meetings with foreign delegations, conducted educational activities in schools. Deputy Director of the Museum of science, pilot-cosmonaut A. I. Laveikin took the time to answer the questions of the correspondent of the Russian geographical society.
– In Russia, 2011 was declared the year of cosmonautics. Half a century since Yuri Gagarin’s flight, many have given our country in terms of space exploration. Should we expect the same from the next fifty years?
Depends on what kind of development is involved. There are manned and unmanned space exploration. Unmanned space exploration – satellites, navigation, natural resources, meteorology, Photography of the Earth and the Universe. Today all this is extremely in demand and popular, so the direction will develop by leaps and bounds. As for manned space flight – here the question is more complicated. Continue reading
Focus on the future characteristic of all mankind. The progressive development of society necessarily reflected in tourism. So, the era of space exploration marked the beginning of space tourism. Mankind began to think about the possibilities of travelling to distant stars. In 2001 Russia launched the first space tourist – the American citizen Denis Tito. Space tour cost him $20 million Space tourism is still very expensive form of tourism. But the growing interest in space travel is forcing tour operators to develop tours of the space, work for the future.
Russia launched the first space tourist – the American citizen Denis Tito. Space tour cost him $20 million.
Japanese Association of Aeronautics established a study group on problems of development of space tourism. The session was attended by over 40 representatives of scientific organizations. The Japanese have developed the concept of tourist rockets reusable, which is able to take a 3-hour space flights with 45-50 tourists on Board. Average tourist flight will cost $25 thousand Is equivalent to the cost of round-the-world journey on sea cruise liner. Continue reading
Halley’s comet is a bright, unique comet with a period of return to the Sun of about 75-76 years, which is visible even to the naked eye. The official astronomical name of this celestial body – 1P/Halley. For the comet Halley for the first time managed to determine the elliptical orbit and set the frequency of motion in the Solar system than did the Englishman Edmond Halley (1656-1742) the astronomer Royal, physicist, geophysicist, meteorologist, mathematician and demographer, in whose honor was named the comet.
In ancient times, people observed the appearance of Halley’s comet, but did not suspect that I see the same cosmic body. The first surviving written evidence about the emergence of a “heavenly sign” dates back to the year 249 BC, and since then the approaching comet was observed at least thirty times. The last observation of the comet Halley was possible in 1986, and the next is expected in the summer of 2061. I must admit that if an event of this magnitude is regarded as an auspicious time for space exploration, once the appearance of comets were regarded by the people as a “terrible sign” of the coming change, wars, government coups. For the most part, it’s because of “strong world” of those times. It is known that Genghis Khan saw a comet, regarded it as a personal message and a call for conquest of neighboring lands. The same happened in ancient China, and even at the dawn of our era in Europe. Continue reading