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In anticipation of the Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics Sevastopol branch of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics visited Russian Federation hero, test-cosmonaut, honorary citizen of Sebastopol Anton Shkaplerov.
In his first flight Anton Shkaplerov went in 2011 on board of the TPK "Soyuz TMA-22", together with the Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank. During the 165-day flight Mr. Shkaplerov made a spacewalk lasting for 6 hours and 15 minutes. The second "space trip" Anton Shkaplerov began in November 2014. During activities on board of the ISS astronaut conducted about 50 scientific and applied researches and experiments, carried out onboard photo, video shooting, and prepared his ship "Soyuz TMA-15M" to return to orbit.
During the visit the cosmonaut got to know the activities of Sebastopol branch of PRUE, explored material and technical base of the branch, answered the questions of the audience, and of congratulated everybody with upcoming Day of cosmonautics. "My task is to promote space education to our youth. Recently, at the level of the Russian president, it was suggested that it was time to return to school curriculum the astronomy, thus increasing children's interest in space, to develop students' outlook. I think in our in the city boys and girls are growing up, who will take their place in our group of cosmonauts. I wish everybody to have a good holiday!"- said Anton Shkaplerov.