Mussabayev of KazKosmos Space Agency against declaring October 2 the Day of Cosmonautics in Kazakhstan 22 сентября 2011, 12:03
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Talgat Mussabayev. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Talgat Mussabayev, Head of KazKosmos National Space Agency, does not support the idea of declaring October 2 the day of Kazakhstan’s cosmonautics.
Last week Senator Gani Kassymov suggested declaring October 2 a national holiday to celebrate Kazakhstan’s cosmonautics: October 2, 1991 the first Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Tokhtar Aubakirov was launched to space.
“The whole world celebrates the Cosmonautics day [renamed by the UN to the International Day of Human Space Flight] April 12 to commemorate the first flight of Yuri Gagrin to space in 1961. Why should Kazakhstan be different?”, Mussabayev told journalists September 19.
Talgat Mussabayev is a Kazakh test pilot and former cosmonaut who flew on three spaceflights. His first two spaceflights were long-duration stays aboard the Russian space station Mir. His third spaceflight was a short duration visiting mission to the International Space Station, which also carried the first paying space tourist Dennis Tito.