“Half a Century in Space – The Epoch of Search”
On the eve of the atrium of the Novinsky Passage shopping center, Google held an exhibition “Half a Century in Space – Search Epoch”, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite. The exposition, covering the period from the first satellite of the 50s to the first private spacecraft of the beginning of the XXI century, is composed of unique photo and video archives previously available only to specialists and rare exhibits of the era of space exploration.
Today, Google is moving from the search and organization of information on Earth to the information space exploration. This is exactly what the exhibition organizers tried to demonstrate when talking about services that popularize the latest achievements of space technology. For example, following Google Earth, Google Sky was launched, representing access to the most detailed star maps.
Users are available maps of the surface of the moon – Google Moon and Mars – Google Mars, based on the latest data from NASA. Employees of the company showed all the capabilities of these services right on the spot – on interactive screens installed in the showroom. Anyone could wander on the Moon themselves, consider astronaut landing sites with detailed descriptions and photos, determine the height of the mountains and the depth of craters on Mars. Also, visitors could try out the new Google Sky service and carefully study any constellation of our solar system, and in addition, watch the themed video on the YouTube video service.
Atrium TC Novinsky Passage
The exhibition included a small conference with representatives of Google and the partner company X Prise Foundation, as well as the pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union Alexander Volkov. Beginning his speech, Konstantin Kuzmin, director of marketing for Google Russia, noted that Google services should be an excellent teaching tool and source of information for those who may be in the future history of space exploration in the future. The relay was taken over by Ed Parsens, a Google specialist, demonstrating in practice the capabilities of services. Mr. Parsens showed on slides what the starry sky above Moscow looked like that night, spoke about Mount Olympus on Mars, height (21 km.) And diameter (600 km.), Which were determined using Google Mars. He also said that soon the surface of Mars will be presented in three dimensions – the planet will be able to fly around.
The cosmonaut of the 1st class Alexander Volkov told about what cosmos really is. Since the time of the first flight in 1985, the total time he spent in space has been 1 year and 1 month. On his account two spacewalks with a total duration of more than 10 hours. Note that some of the exhibits belonged to Mr. Volkov personally, for example, one of the gloves, in which the astronaut worked for more than 5 hours. “The project of the starry sky is undoubtedly very interesting, it will be popular not only among the younger generation, but also among adults who want to learn about the sky, space, other worlds”
Exclusive materials on the new global initiative to conquer the moon Google Lunar X Prize were presented by the vice president of the X Prise Foundation Gregg Mariniak: “Russia’s technological and scientific potential in space is difficult to overestimate, which is why we are confident that Russian companies will be able to become active participants in Google Lunar X Prise.
Recall that in early September of this year, X Prise and Google announced the launch of the Google Lunar X Prise project, an international competition among entrepreneurs and engineers to create and send a mobile robot to the Moon. The robot must pass at least 500 meters across the lunar surface and send a data packet to the Earth (video materials and photographs). The prize fund of the project is $ 30 million and is funded by Google. An important condition for the competition is that only non-state companies that are ready for serious investments can participate. Because according to Mr. Mariniak, the cost of creating and launching such a robot will exceed the prize fund by 3-4 times.
Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, commented on the participation of his company as follows: “Google is particularly pleased with this undertaking, as we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, in that it helps to achieve the most ambitious goals. When the first Ansari X Prise program was launched, no one could believe that individuals would be able to fly space flights, however this became possible. Therefore, today we are opening a new project for non-governmental commercial organizations to help humanity return to the moon for research. ”
In general, the event was full of pleasant and new impressions, its organizers took care of absolutely everything, even provided each participant with real food for astronauts.