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Svetlana Smirnova: "Georgy Grechko was a man of cosmic kindness"

09.04.2020 132 просмотров

April 8 is the day of memory of the pilot-cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Georgy Grechko.


In the hearts of many people, he will remain as a brave, courageous, open, kind, friendly person. He was dear to many people living on our planet. The man who went into outer space, like no one else, knew and understood how important it is to appreciate the world, home and people.

In 2011, the year of space at the International Festival of Children's and Youth Media "Sunflower" he met with children from different countries. Svetlana Smirnova, First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, recalls this meeting:

“I remember this meeting for the rest of my life. We visited the open-air ethnographic museum Ludorvai, listened to folk songs. It was very interesting for him to find out how the folk life of the Udmurts in different regions works. Of particular interest was the black sauna and the fact that a torch was used for lighting in it. He even dreamed of writing a book about how humanity went from a torch to electricity.

Georgy Mikhailovich was incredibly sociable and sincerely glad that he visited this place. He was very fond of communicating with children and talked a lot about his flights into space. He talked about how he saw a lot of the unknown, talked about "black" and "white" holes. Many children for the first time in their lives interviewed at the festival, wrote notes, reports. He treated each of us as if he were his own person and child. He was an open person and affectionately called me Svetochka. It's wonderful that fate gave me such a gift. And at the festival, he met with the designer of small arms Mikhail Kalashnikov. And it was also an unforgettable meeting. Both great men understood that they were meeting for the last time.”

Georgy Grechko was born on May 25, 1931 in Leningrad. In 1955, having graduated with honors from the Leningrad Military Mechanical Institute of the Order of the Red Banner, he received the specialty of a mechanical engineer. On May 27, 1968, he was enrolled in the TsKBEM cosmonaut corps and was preparing for flights under the Soviet lunar program. The first space flight of Georgy Grechko took place in January-February 1975, then he was a flight engineer. His second flight was in December 1977, during which he managed to go into outer space once to check the serviceability of the docking station. Georgy Grechko made his third flight in September 1985 as a flight engineer to check the serviceability of the Salyut-7 station. He was twice awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the Gold Star medals. He was awarded the Order of Lenin and medals "For Valiant Labor". Georgy Grechko was also the Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Committee for the Protection of Peace, and the Chairman of the International Federation of Peace and Accord, and the President of the North-Western Interregional Public Organization of the Cosmonautics Federation, and was the host of the program “This Fantastic World” on television.

He is not became April 8, 2017. In St. Petersburg, on the Alley of Heroes of the Moscow Victory Park, a bronze bust of the astronaut was installed. A small planet, which he discovered during his first space flight, is named after Georgy Grechko. And the most important thing is that we will all remember him for his kindness and responsiveness.

Prepared by Katya Tokareva

Source: Children of Eurasia website

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