Cosmonaut to talk at School of Engineering

cosmonautFamous Russian Cosmonaut, Alexander Ivanchenkov will visit the University of Melbourne on Wednesday March 2 to discuss his life and career in space exploration.

Mr Ivanchenkov is visiting Melbourne as part of the Russian delegation to the Avalon 2011 Air Show.

Mr Ivanchenkov is a cosmonaut of the first class, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1978, 1982) and has received a long list of honours including a Tsiolkovskiy Gold Medal by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

In 1978, Mr Ivanchenkov went into orbit on board Soyuz-29 spacecraft, and made a record 140-day flight on board Salut-6 orbital station.  During that flight, he went into outer space for 2 hours and 5 minutes.

He will be speaking to students and staff at 3.00pm on Wednesday March 2 at the Brown Lecture Theatre, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building (building 193).

RSVP to Natasha Baxter is essential.