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Varna Free University Celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the Flight of Yuri Gagarin

On April 12, the world celebrated the International Astronautics and Aviation Day. On this occasion in the “Nicolaus Copernicus” National Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium a number of festive events for students and citizens were held. All events are joint initiative of “Nicolaus Copernicus” National Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium, Russian Centre of Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” and 8 High School of Foreign Languages Äl.S.Pushkin”.



At 10:30 two exhibitions were officially opened in the Planetarium lobby.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Varna, Prof. DSc. Galina Shamonina, Director of the Russian Centre of VFU, students and teachers from a number of schools of Varna, public organizations and citizens, media representatives.



Cultural Attache of the General Consulate of Russia in Varna A.V. Dergacheva greeted the audience on the feast and welcomed the organizers and participants in the concert, exhibitions and all quizes and competitions.

The first exhibition is part of the events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of VFU and 55th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The topic of the exhibition is “Gagarin’s Constellation. Baykonur / Varna”. The exhibition is the result of research work of students from Varna Free University, and the photos are collected from the funds of State Archive in Varna, the Historical Museum and private archives. Visitors from the older generation were involved with each photo, remembering the visit of Yuri Gagarin and other astronauts in Varna, seeing touching moments in the photos. School and university students were surprised to find out a lot of new and interesting facts about the 15 astronauts – honored citizens of Varna. Just like the Baikonur Cosmodrome, there is an alley of Astronauts in Varna too.  There we find the names of Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space, and those of the Bulgarian astronauts Georgi Ivanov and Aleksander Aleksandrov. Facts and great names, shown in our exhibition.

The second exhibition included paintings by students from the Russian school, prepared on “Space” topic. The day started with the first part of the contest in constructing a model of a lander for school students from 4 to 8 grade. It continued with diverse musical program featuring songs and dances in Bulgarian and Russian performed by students from “Al.S.Pushkin”8 Language School. The second part of the feast continued with a quiz on Astronautics for students in 8 to 12 grade from Varna. The interest in the competitions was very high. There were participants all day from both first and second shifts. Students from grades 11 and 12 received information and materials about the study at our university, and the winners of the competitions were given awards, provided by Varna Free University and “Nicolaus Copernicus” National Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium.


by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър