Cosmonaut and space flight tester Anna Kikina attended the opening ceremony of the Planetarium of Kemerovo State University

20.11.2019 | 14:19

On November 20, within the celebration of the 45th anniversary of Kemerovo State University, the opening ceremony of KemSU’s Planetarium named after K. P. Matsukov was held. The Planetarium was officially opened by Prof. Alexander Prosekov, rector of KemSU, and Anna Kikina – cosmonaut and space flight tester, who is the only woman in the cosmonaut detachment of Roscosmos since September 2016. In 2017, Anna participated in the SIRIUS international isolation experiment simulating a flight to the Moon as flight engineer. She is Master of Sports of Russia in polyathlon and rafting. Anna Kikina gave an open lecture “Cosmonaut training at the cosmonaut training, research and testing center named after Yuri Gagarin” for students and schoolchildren.

As a reminder, the Planetarium was created in Kemerovo State University in 1967. In 2018, it was decided to reconstruct it. By July 2019, the planetarium was equipped with state-of-the-art digital full-dome equipment, which allows demonstrating video clips about astronomical phenomena and the sky of stars, and popular science movies. The diameter of the dome is 5.3 meters. On the roof of the planetarium there is an Observatory with sliding doors, which is equipped with a technological telescope Celestron Nexstar Evolution 9.25. KemSU’s planetarium features a unique design and modern technology. The University administration decided to name the Planetarium after Kuzma Matsukov, the first Dean of the Faculty of Physics and popularizer of astronomy. Kemerovo Planetarium is included in the list of 26 planetariums of Russia, as well as the world list of planetariums. Currently, the Planetarium cooperates with the Association of planetariums of Russia.