Space enthusiasts from the Czech Republic and beyond are in for a treat. Starting on Saturday, Prague and Brno will host Czech Space Week, a nine-day-long series of events that will bring together scientists, businessmen and government officials who are active in the area, Radio Praha writes.
It is not just major “-eight” anniversaries, such as 1918 and 1968, that Czechs are commemorating this year. There are in fact two anniversaries that mark the establishment of the Czech footprint in space. In 1978, Vladimír Remek became the first Czech man in space traveling aboard the Soviet Sojuz 28 and a few months later the first Czech satellite, Magion 1, was launched into the earth’s orbit as well.
To commemorate these achievements and boost awareness of the current Czech space research, the Transport Ministry along with CzechInvest has declared 2018 as “Czech Space Year”. The project is set to reach its crescendo for a nine-day period starting from Saturday, when Prague and Brno will play host to a series of events, as one of the organisers, Kristina Svobodová, explains.
“Czech Space Week offers a variety of events throughout the whole of next week for both the general and expert public, but also for businesses. What we plan to have is a broad programme including conferences, industry days as well as open days at several space related institutions, such as the astronomical institute and the European GNSS Agency.
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