Vladimir Putin attended the First in Space gala event celebrating Cosmonautics Day, which took place at the State Kremlin Palace.
Earlier in the day, the President visited Energomash Research and Production Association, where he learned more about promising projects in the rocket and space industry.
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Speech at the First in Space gala event
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good evening, friends.
First of all, I would like to greet everyone in this room, all former and current workers of the space industry and all citizens of our country on the occasion of Cosmonautics Day.
This holiday is dedicated to space explorers – true heroes who brought glory to our Fatherland. The flights of the first cosmonaut on Earth Yuri Gagarin and the first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first spacewalk by Alexei Leonov and the outstanding achievements of many of our other pioneers have gone down in history.
Of course, we remember the great achievements of Soviet designers, engineers and workers who created the world’s first artificial satellite and manned spacecraft, as well as space and interplanetary stations.
The people behind our space triumphs set big, forward-looking goals worthy of a great country. They took risks, achieved technological breakthroughs, worked hard and set an example of self-sacrifice and true love for the Motherland. Thanks to their courage and bravery, scientific genius and inexhaustible faith in human capabilities, we were the first in space.
The noble sense of pride in the Fatherland and our heroes should be a source of inspiration that leads us to meet new challenges and reach new heights. This is essential, because leading positions must constantly be confirmed. We must keep up with the fierce and growing competition, focus on solving complex challenges, and allign the education system, science, and industry to this end.
To be continued.
via Website of the President of Russia