Baku Slavic University hosts 50th anniversary of first flight into space (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 5 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Baku Slavic University has hosted events dedicated to the 50th
anniversary of the first cosmonaut Yury Gagarin's flight into space.
Cosmonaut, Hero of Russia Maxim Surayev, member of the Russian Duma
Viktor Malashenko, representative of the Russian Federal Space Agency
Alexander Bochkarev, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir
Dorokhin and other guests attended the event.
Rector of the Baku Slavic University Kamal Abdulla received the guests.
Surayev presented a book on the 50th anniversary to the university.
The rector thanked Surayev and other guests for attending and awarded
him the "Friend of Baku Slavic University" medal.
"We all remember the technical and emotional recovery that we
experienced on the day of Gagarin's flight into space," the rector
said. "Today, Azerbaijan is proud and pleased with Russia's
Surayev thanked the Azerbaijani people for the warm welcome.
"Gagarin's flight occurred in the USSR," he said. "It was a common
victory with Azerbaijan and the other republics. The whole world
celebrates the flight, without stressing the nationality of the
world's first astronaut."
A film about the first manned flight into space and a video clip about
Gagarin's flight into space were also screened.