Russian Foreign Relations Director to Discuss From Sputnik to Mars

News from: Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

The public is invited to attend a presentation “From Sputnik to Mars: the History and Politics of Modern Space Travel” given by Dr. Alexander Martynov, director of foreign relations for the City of Korolev, Russian Federation. Dr. Martynov is the former head of Ballistics with the Mission Control Center of the Russian Space Agency. This free, public lecture will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in 1800 Engineering Hall, located at 1415 Engineering Drive, on the UW–Madison campus.

“From Sputnik to Mars” will cover the history and changing politics of space travel, from the “space race” during the Cold War to the collaborative international effort necessary for the construction of the International Space Station and prospective travel to Mars.

Topics to be discussed will include the creation of the first artificial satellites in Russia and the United States, spaceships for human flight, the Salyut and Mir space stations, the construction of the International Space Station, and the complexities of an eventual manned mission to Mars.

The presentation will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a question and answer session.

The event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s CREECA, Department of Astronomy, and Department of Engineering Physics, with generous financial support from the University Lectures Committee.

Contact with questions: Jennifer Tishler, associate director, UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), 608-262-3379,