Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Roscosmos "Sputnik" exhibition launch at Rossotrudnichestvo

Dear Mr Krikalyov,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am happy to be here at the opening (or launch, to put it better) of the exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the first artificial satellite.  Since 4 October 1957 the word “Sputnik” entered English and other languages. The slogan of the exhibition is “look up” – and the Sputnik actually encouraged people around the Earth to look to the sky – both literally and figuratively, joining the path of space exploration.

Of course, you cannot think of space exploration without manned spaceflight, and we are lucky to have Sergey Krikalyov, who spent almost 3 years on 6 space missions, with us today.

Space exploration started as a race between the Soviet Union and the United States, and maybe without this race the progress would be slower. However, space is also a great space for international cooperation. I am talking about the International Space Station and many other projects. I know that Tim Peake’s flight to ISS last year made space great again for Britain. His Soyuz spacecraft is now touring UK and draws crowds everywhere. I’m proud of our cooperation with the Science Museum of London, which now owns the spacecraft and which organized the epic “Cosmonauts” exhibition. I hope it will continue, just like our cooperation with the UK in space.

Thank you.