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Saturday, December 2, 2023


Sputnik celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago, space exploration history was made when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite.

To commemorate the event, a group of Russian cosmonauts and space scientists will tour the University as part of a visit that includes Houston and Washington D.C., Mark Sterling, associate director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity, said.

The visit is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Materials and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The visitors will tour the Center for Advanced Materials at the Science and Research Building One to answer questions during a session at 9:30 a.m.

The group will also tour the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture located in the College of Architecture later in the afternoon.

The University has previously initiated research relationships with two other Russian institutions. In June, NSM initiated a partnership between Novosibirsk State University and the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences to further scientific research.

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