MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has wished happy birthday to pilot-cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky who marks his 50th birthday, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
The head of state noted that Oleg Novitsky devoted his life to space exploration and that his personal contribution to the study of near-earth space cannot be overestimated.
“Being a true patriot, you constantly keep in touch with the Motherland, serve as a role model for the younger generation. It is symbolic that you are celebrating your birthday anniversary on orbit. According to an established good tradition, a piece of our country - the State Flag of the Republic of Belarus - is with you in space,” the message reads.
Aleksandr Lukashenko wished Oleg Novitsky good health, happiness and new achievements.