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Turkish students will be able to communicate with astronauts in orbit


In all Russian regions, campaign "SMS to the ISS (International Space Station)" was held for the first time, its organizers were the Public Information Centers for Atomic Energy with support of the Russian State Corporation "Rosatom". The capital of Russia, Moscow, hosted teleconference "Russian astronautic science: prospects and plans of the development" dedicated to the Cosmonautics Day. Broadcast on the basis of the press center of the information agency "ITAR-TASS" joined Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and the International Space Station.


The unique campaign provided an opportunity for everyone interested to congratulate the astronauts with their professional holiday personally. On the 12th of April 1961 the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard a spacecraft orbited the Earth for the first time ever. The flight in the near-Earth space environment lasted 108 minutes.



In the city of Yekaterinburg (Russia) the Director of a Public Information Center for Atomic Energy Elena Nikolaeva participated in the press conference. The Director of PIC told the videoconference participants and spectators about the all-Russian campaign "SMS to the ISS". In 2013, such a campaign was held only in the Ural region (Russia). The success of the campaign was so inspiring that in 2014 Public Information Centers for Atomic Energy suggested making an all-Russian event. In response to the host’s question of how interesting this communication is for astronauts, the Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazansky, who recently returned from the ISS, noted that the International Space Station crew members enjoy this idea and expect messages. "It's always pleasant to receive greetings from Earth on our professional holiday, especially from the younger generation, − said the astronaut. – May be later some children will also receive congratulations, while in the orbit. It is always pleasant for the crew, that is now in the outer space, to hear kind words and interesting questions from guys".


The Information Center for Atomic Energy of Yekaterinburg invited school students to a meeting with the astronauts. City school students were able to ask questions, which interest them, during the press conference and see the people, who are thousands of miles away in weightlessness, live. The astronauts answered, in detail, the question of a student of the physics and mathematics specialized class of Lycee No. 10 about the space debris and their disposal.


The instant television communications with the ISS were also watched by young guests of the Public Information Centers for Atomic Energy of Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, and other Russian cities. Next year they plan to involve school students from the Republic of Turkey in the campaign, who can ask questions, which interest them, of Russian astronauts in the orbit of the planet Earth with the help of modern communication media of PIC of "Akkuyu" NPP.



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Public Information Centers (PICs) for Atomic Energy are created in the regions where atomic plants are present. The first center was opened in Tomsk (Russia) in November 2008. Within four years 17 Information Centers were set up in the Russian Federation that successfully operate in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Smolensk, and other cities of the country. Expansion of the network of Information Centers for Atomic Energy abroad is planned in countries that use Russian technologies for construction of enterprises of the atomic branch. In 2012, foreign Information Centers were open in Hanoi (Vietnam), Mersin, Buyukedzheli (Turkey), in 2013 – in Dhaka (Bangladesh). In early 2014, a technical opening of a PIC was held in Istanbul (Turkey), it is planned to open a Center in Minsk (Belarus).


Akkuyu NPP JSC Press Service of  by materials