BREST DISTRICT, 12 April (BelTA) - A ceremony to unveil a bust of Yuri Gagarin was held in the agro-town of Tomashovka, Brest District on 12 April, BelTA has learned.
The statue of the first cosmonaut of the Earth was installed in the only museum of cosmonautics in Belarus, in a school of Tomashovka. In one of the rooms was The Gagarin's corner was installed in one of the rooms of the museum. It tells the story of Yuri Gagarin's life.
“Today is a significant day. 60 years ago Yuri Gagarin flew into space. We are proud of the achievements of the cosmonautics worldwide and Russia. Belarus also takes part in space programs. We wish the museum in Tomashovka get more exhibits and welcome more visitors here,” said Brest Oblast Governor Yuri Shuleiko. The governor presented the “space” school with a certificate for a new computer.
The bust of Yuri Gagarin is a gift from Russia. It was made by famous sculptor Alexei Leonov. The project was implemented with the financial support of the international charitable foundation Dialogue of Cultures - One World. “The Day of Cosmonautics brings two important values. Firstly, the day unites our countries. Secondly, it is a triumph of science, the fulfillment of humanity's dream,” Charge d'Affaires of Russia in Belarus Pyotr Frolov said.
First Belarusian pilot-cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Pyotr Klimuk finished the school in Tomashovka. The Museum of Cosmonautics at the school opened in November 1978. The museum has four exhibition halls. The first one is the portrait hall where the Gagarin's corner is located. The second hall tells the story of space exploration and space flights. The third and fourth halls are devoted to Pyotr Klimuk's childhood and youth, his space flights and everything related to them. The museum funds include 1,500 exhibits.
“After Brest District and Zvyzdny Gorodok signed a cooperation agreement, the museum has got with more than 100 new exhibits. For example, the collection of cosmonauts' everyday life and the assortment of food has been expanded. There are clothes from the International Space Station. There are exhibits connected with the process of training and evaluation of health of cosmonauts,” Evgeny Grigoriyev, director of the school in Tomashovka, said.
The event ended with the launch of rocket models.