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Cosmos and Stars

by Boris Ruslanovich Schipkov

Yuri Gagarin flew into space 45 years ago, April 12th, 1961, and became the first cosmonaut in the world. Gagarin's spaceship Vostok-1 orbited the Earth once.
I also took part a little in the Russian program of space exploration. In 1984-1987 years I worked as a computer engineer in the Special Design Office (Institute) of Scientific Devices of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SKB NP SOAN SSSR) that together with Institute of Automation and Electrometry SB RAS (Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk) made the Systems of Visualization for the Gagarin State Cosmonaut Training Center. The Systems were used in various space simulators of Mir station, Buran and other spacecrafts. Cosmonauts came to IAE and SKB NP several times then. I remembered Aleksey Leonov, the first man to go out of a spaceship in space from Voskhod-2 in 1965. He flew the Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975 too.
Commander of Cosmonaut Training Kamanin often played tennis, chess and billiards with Soviet astronauts.
Cosmonauts Andriyan Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov (Team Space) played chess from the Soyuz-9 spacecraft via radio against General Nikolai Kamanin and cosmonaut Victor Gorbatko (Team Earth). They applied the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the game ended in a draw.
12 April, 2006

The Moon. Photo: Vasily Schipkov The solar eclipse,19:15 29.03.2006, Novosibirsk. Photo: Vasily Schipkov

Total Solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 at Novosibirsk (in Russian)

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