Viktor Petrovich Savinykh Man Of Space

Kathmandu,May 7 : As the 85th Birth Anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first living being to journey into outer space, is celebrated, Nepal’s first satellite has started to send signals to Nepal.

What a coincidence, Russian Federation, a pioneer of space technology, presented a bust of Yuri Gagarin to Kathmandu Metropolitan city recently. At a function, the bust was installed at Sankhedhar Park. This bust is a courtesy to strengthening the bilateral relations between Nepal and Russia, which has been defined by mutual respect and cooperation.

Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya and Special Guest Cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, who has been twice awarded as Hero of the Soviet Union, installed the bust jointly.

The program was attended by M.S. Nekrasov, President, Russian Nepal Cooperation & Friendship Society, Yuri Yuzhaninov, Charge De’ Affaires, Embassy of Russian Federation in Nepal and other high ranking delegations of Russian Federation.

Russian cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh said that he felt really great to be in a country of Mount Everest which he saw from space during his flights. Expressing happiness over the news that Nepal too has sent a satellite in orbit, cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh said that it is a great achievement for Nepal.

He said that Russia is ready to provide necessary support to Nepal in space technology. “It will be a matter of pride for us to share our scientific knowledge with Nepal on cosmic technology,” said cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh.

Visiting Nepal as a guest to attend inauguration of bust of Yuri Gagrin, first human to reach space, cosmonaut Viktor Petrovich Savinykh shared his thought at Russian Center for Science and Culture.

With a collaboration of RCSC and Kathmandu Metropolitan City, the bust of Yuri Gagrin was unveiled near Rani Pokhari.

Selected as a cosmonaut on December 1, 1978, he was retired on February 9, 1989. During 10 years, he flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz TM-5. He has spent 252 days 17 hours 38 minutes in space.

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