04-05-11 02The work of cosmonauts with questionnaires of the Great Start space experiment on May 4, 2011.

The day before the TV broadcast cosmonauts D.Y. Kondratiev (ISS commander), A.M. Samokutyaev (ISS flight engineer 1) and A.I. Borisenko (ISS flight engineer 2) looked through the answers to the questionnaire delivered onboard ISS RS. Their opinions differed, and therefore each of them read his own version of the best answers to the questionnaire (for each TV broadcast). 

ISS commander Kondratiev pointed out that the objective of the Great Start experiment was to develop methodology for popularizing achievements of our country’s manned space program using new information technologies. To accomplish this objective RSC Energia set up the Korolev’s Planet web site (only for D. Kondratiev’s TV broadcast) 

Selection of best answers to the Great Start questionnaire

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Text version

 

ISS commander
D.Y. Kondratiev
 

Flight engineer 2
A.I. Borisenko
 

Flight engineer 1
A.M. Samokutiaev
 

Cosmonauts’ IDs

1 2 3

 

ID

1. Do you know about Y. Gagarin’s flight? 

1, 2

ID 317
Yudin, Timur Sergeevich

Korolev, Moscow region, Russia

Lately, more and more information appears about Y.A. Gagarin’s flight. However, direct participants in this tremendous success are passing away, taking away with them a great part of the memories, which are especially valuable because these are the memories of participants in this hard work. I think it would be good to set up a web site where all the reminiscences of the participants in the first manned space flight could be posted. This is what is needed for future generations. This will give a chance to anyone who whishes to do so to immerse oneself into the emotional atmosphere of the first launch of man into space. And it will be worth publishing the received materials in the form of collected memoirs about the first flight of man into space.

3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia

I would like to learn more about preparations on the ground and training of the first team of cosmonauts, about the psychological training of the pilots so that they could face the unknown, the contingencies and the chance that they might not be able to return back to Earth.
 

2. Why, in your opinion, was Russia the first country to reach space?

1, 3

ID 275
Tarasov, Alexei Sergeevich

St.
Petersburg, Russia 

Military and political necessity + a single state ideology

2

ID 261
Sizov, Vasili Marselevich

Izhevsk
, Russia

In my opinion, the reason for this were the successes of the Russian space science led by the brilliant talent of Sergei Korolev. At the same time, a significant role was played by the political situation in the world, by the desire of the soviet leadership to strengthen the USSR position in the world arena, particularly at the time of confrontation with the USA.
 

3. Do you think that the Chief Designer Sergei Korolev played the decisive role in the success of space exploration and the first manned spaceflight?

1

ID 292
Filatov, Semen Vladimirovich

Korolev
, Russia

NO. The decisive role belonged to everybody, from the Chief Designer to an ordinary engineer (integrated efforts).

2

ID 239
Antonov, Alexei Alexandrovich

Russia
, St. Petersburg 

YES. The prerequisite of any successful process is the presence of a driving force and I think Korolev was such a driving force and a team of like-minded associates multiplied his force many times over.

3

ID 279
Kotov, Yevgeni Mikhailovich

Serpukhov, Moscow region, Russia

Yes. He could give his go-ahead for a rocket launch or scrub a flight. He always had the last word.
 

4. Which of the Russia’s achievements in space known to you are, in your opinion, of the most significance?

1, 2, 3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia
 

Virtually all of the USSR space program until 1991 was the most advanced and significant for all the countries involved in space technologies. Starting from the launch of the R-1 rocket and through the launch of Energia-Buran space transportation system. And as for the experience of launching and operating space stations Salyut and Mir, this is totally unique.
 

5. What, in your opinion, is the cause of man’s interest in the study and exploration of space?

1, 2, 3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich
Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia

From the earliest times the space and the stars were beckoning to men with their mystery and the unknown. And while at the dawn of spaceflight the scientists were driven by a romantic thirst for exploration, today it is an unavoidable reality. The space is no longer something that is far and away.
 

6. What additional information about the ISS project would you like to get?

1, 2, 3

ID 306
Nikolaev, Dmitri Alexandrovich

Dolgoprudni
, Russia 

It would be desirable to have a consolidated web site dedicated to ISS, where one could find any information related to ISS.
 

7. Which areas of space research seem to you to be of most value for science and humanity: biomedicine, new technologies, physics, astronomy? 

1, 2, 3

We have not found any interesting answers to this question

 

8. Do you think that space must be explored in joint projects between different countries? What joint projects are of greatest interest and importance?

1

ID 286
Kistkin, Ilya Anatolievich

Almaty
, Kazakhstan. 

Yes. Manned missions to Moon and Mars with a crew from different countries, international development of planetary rovers, robotics and new technologies and materials, which will help in the future to construct new international space stations and carry out new projects.

2

ID 279
Kotov, Yevgeni Mikhailovich
Serpukhov, Moscow region, Russia

Yes. ISS, Lunar program, Mars landing and exploration program, the project to protect Earth against asteroids and comets.

3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia
 

I believe that we have a sufficient potential for space exploration without other countries’ participation, however, we do not have such technologies as, for example, Japan and USA do.
 

9. In your opinion, is there any need to have people in space today?

1

 

ID 300
Filatov, Semen Vladimirovich

Korolev
, Russia

Yes. Because not every off-nominal and emergency situation can be resolved by commands from Earth.

2

ID 263
Demkov, Boris

Zelenograd
, Russia 

At present, only a human can solve nontrivial problems.

3

ID 282
Mironov, Igor Sergeevich

Seversk
, Russia 

People who can carry out scientific experiments in manual mode.

Accumulation of experience of man staying in space.
 

 11. Is it acceptable to send men to another planet on a volunteer one-way mission?

1

 

ID 317
Yudin, Timur Sergeevich
Korolev
, Russia

No. There is always a risk in any mission. However, I believe that if a mission is thoroughly prepared, the costs of return are comparatively negligible and there is no sense in raising the issue of not being able to come back. There is no sense in deliberately designing such a mission, since all the ideas and aims for the sake of which humanity goes into space will fade against the background of its attendant emotional loads.

2

Wrong question. Of course, no.

3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia
 

I think that there are many people who would have agreed to make such a trip even without guaranteed return to Earth. The first manned missions into space did not guarantee that the pilots would return to Earth either. The thirst for research and adventure often outweighs common sense and instinct for self-preservation.
 

12. What would be the first thing that you would have asked and told if you had met representatives of another civilization?

1,2

ID 261
Demkov, Boris

Zelenograd
, Russia 

What is their planet, flora and fauna, social order, their civilization’s level of development, whether they know about any other space civilizations and other questions.

3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia
 

I would have asked them where they came from, and if there are any other forms of life in the Universe that are similar to us. I would have asked about the creation of the world, the Earth, the Solar System.
 

13. Where do you think excess profits accruing from the sale of natural resources are best invested: in super expensive yachts or in useful space projects ?

1, 2, 3

ID 285
Ivanov, Ivan Ivanovich

 Moscow, Russia

That’s up to the people who get these excess profits to decide. But if it the government who invest the profits in super expensive yachts, something is wrong.
 

14. The message from the participants in the Great Start experiment

1

ID 261
Demkov, Boris

Zelenograd
, Russia 

People of Earth! Space is our future! I call for giving special attention to space exploration and for increasing the funding for space projects.

2

ID 259
Brovkin, Dmitri Vladimirovich

Norilsk-Moscow-Tver
, Russia 

I’ll open up the sea of stars!

My dream will be my sailing boat there!

Have an inquiring mind and have a dream, and then the space will open up to you! Be audatious!

 

3

ID 244
Sychev, Yevgeni Sergeevich

Yubileiny, Moscow region, Russia
 

Dear compatriots, associates, true supporters of spaceflight! I would like to wish all of us the same kind of zeal, enthusiasm, and capacity for work that our founders had! I am an ordinary engineer from a family whose life and work are closely linked with space exploration - my grandfather, mother, father, uncle and wife are employees of NPO (RSC Energia). I'm proud that me and my family worked and are working at the company, which made the breakthrough in space science and research. My dream is that my children (I now have a 4-month old daughter Yaroslava) bring to life the idea of interplanetary travel enunciated in the works of K.E. Tsiolkovsky. Glory to the Soviet and Russian space scouts, pride and glory of Earth!

 

 

 

 

 

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