The first «meeting» of schoolchildren and astronauts was attended by Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, Sergei Zhvachkin, governor of the Tomsk Region, Rifat Sabitov, Deputy Director General of All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), Yevgeny Stepanov, Director of Personnel Development Department of Roscosmos, Petr Chubik, TPU Rector, Sergei Psakhie, Director of the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPMS SB RAS) etc.
«We are witnessing today a unique event - said Lyudmila Ogorodova. - Space lesson is a new academic environment. It is necessary because of the modern task of the education system – to educate people capable of innovation activities».
Sergei Zhvachkin, the governor of the Tomsk Region, shared his impressions on «Tomsk-TPU-120» satellite launched last April.
«I felt pride in our country that pioneered outer space, and the Tomsk Region doing a lot for the study of the universe.
Tomsk scientists, designers, engineers have made a great contribution to the development of space exploration. All of them are representatives of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPMS SB RAS) etc. I am sure that many schoolchildren will dedicate their lives to space».
- Said Sergey Zhvachkin.
The singularity of the first lesson lies in the fact that students not only had a communication session with the International Space Station, but also asked questions to the astronauts - Andrei Borisenko, Sergei Ryzhikov, and Oleg Novitsky. Students took part in the space experiment - demonstration of special 3D-printers for space use in conditions of weightlessness.
Tomsk Polytechnic University scientists along with colleagues from the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS and S.P. Korolev Rocket And Space Corporation «Energia» developed a 3D-printer which will enable Russian cosmonauts to print details needed for ISS equipment servicing. Next year the same device will be launched into space for a long-term experiment on the International Space Station.