The UN Information Office Almaty and Turan University organized a discussion to celebrate the International Day of Human Space Flight with about 20 students ages 19-24 from Turan and SDU Universities in Almaty.
The importance of space exploration as well as its history in Kazakhstan were highlighted. Two Kazakh cosmonauts, Tokhtar Aubakirov and Talgat Musabayev, started their cosmic journeys from the same Cosmodrome Baikonur (Baykonyr), located in the southern part of the country. This is also the place from where the first human space flight was launched.
During the discussion, which also included the most recent activities of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, students expressed their pride regarding the historical legacy of their country’s contribution to space exploration. They also shared their expectations and wishes for the future development of the national cosmic industry and international space cooperation.
An interesting part of the discussion was related to the latest achievements in the field of communications, such as the Internet and connectivity, which, directly related to space exploration, are not only extremely fast, but also limitless and accessible nearly everywhere.
Iskander Mombekov, a fourth year student at Turan University, expressed his sincere hope that “one day the modern technologies will make it possible for me to take a flight into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as well, becoming Kazakhstan’s third cosmonaut.”
Maria Zhumabayeva, a first year student at Turan University wished Kazakhstan to “become one of the cosmic superpowers in the new era in space exploration.”
The event concluded with a flashmob.