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Beibut Atamkulov congratulated Kazakhstan cosmonauts on the holiday

ASTANA. KAZINFORM -  At the invitation of the Ministry of Defence ad Aerospace Industry (MDAI) Kazakhstan cosmonauts Toktar Aubakirov, Talgat Mussabayev and Aidyn Aimbetov took a part in the ceremonial event in honor of the International Human Space Flight Day reports the correspondent of INA «Kazinform».

 «12 April is a special day in the history of world cosmonautics.  56 years ago, 12 April, 2016, the first man of the Earth, the Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin vanquished the Universe opening the era of manned spacecraft. Senior Lieutenant Gagarin started from the Baikonur cosmodrome, built in Kazakh steppes by the labor of thousands of Soviet people. And we are legally proud that our country has a direct relationship to the creation of world cosmonautics», - said the Minister of Defence and Aerospace industry of RK Beibut Atamkulov welcoming the guests of honor and specialists of Kazcosmos. 

Minister Atamkulov emphasized that space exploration is a serious resource of national development, real improvement in quality of people life today.

 «Over the past decade, Kazakhstan has taken real steps to create a space industry in the country, but more needs to be done to carry out the tasks set by the Head of state», - he emphasized.

In the frame of ceremonial event Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Rusian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Mikhail Bocharnikov presented the Letter of Thanks of President of Russia to the JSC «Republican Center for space communication» (RCSC). The letter of the Head of the Russian state expressed gratitude to RCSC «for contribution to strengthening economic and scientific and technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan».

 «Kazakhstan with the flight into space of Aidyn Aimbetov entered into number of few countries which sent three or more cosmonauts into space. At the request of schoolchildren, students, educational institutions of the country, Kazcosmos issued a resource book «Cosmonauts of Kazakhstan»», - said Vice-Minister of MDAI Marat Nurguzhin.

The first copies of resource book «Cosmonauts of Kazakhstan» issued by the order of Kazcosmos on the eve of Cosmonautics Day were presented to cosmonauts.  

Making a presentation of edition, the creator of resource book, Baikonur journalist Sara Nurgaliyeva noted that during the preparation of data on space flights open information source has been used with corrections by the Kazakhstan cosmonauts themselves.

In ceremonial atmosphere the certificates and Letters of Thanks have been issued to the employees of Aerospace Committee (AC) MDAI and specialists of Kazcosmos enterprises    

Awarding of winners of the traditional sport tournament for the prize of Kazcosmos was held by the Chairman AC MDAI Yerkin Shaimagambetov and Advisor to the President of RK Talgat Mussabayev. 

 «I am glad that I have an opportunity to congratulate my colleagues on the holiday, among of whom there are those with whom we started this work 25 years ago», - said the first Kazakhstan cosmonauts Toktar Aubakirov, who was tasked by the President of RK with the creation of the first Kazakhstan National Space Agency in history in 1992. «Today, there is a successful creation of space industry of Kazakhstan, ant this is a fact», - noted Т. Аubakirov.

Talgat Mussabayev, who headed the National Space Agency of RK from 2007 and for nearly 10 years headed the work of Kazcosmos, has also noted the successes of Kazakhstan in the development of space activities.

 «Professionals, specialists who have gained experience in space technologies of the world’s most advanced companies are working in all sectors of Kazcosmos today. We gave top priority to staff training in a non-random manner», - said Talgat Mussabayev congratulating the Kazcosmos employees on the professional holiday.

The third Kazakhstan cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov told about the work he is doing now as Vice-President on space technologies of the JSC «NC «Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary» in his report.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Atamkulov noted that Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry as a profile agency celebrated the Cosmonautic Day for the first time in such ceremonial atmosphere. «I hope that such meetings of our cosmonauts and Kazcosmos experts on the eve of April 12 will be traditionnal», - he said. 

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