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Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Induction Ceremony Draws Russian Museum Director

Elena Schukina to Accept Award on Behalf of Yuri Kondratyuk

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - In 1929, a mostly self-taught Russian visionary named Yuri Vasil′evich Kondratyuk self-published a book named The Conquest of Interplanetary Space – pioneering many ideas on rocket motion and space colonization. Forty years later Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins followed “Kondratyuk’s route”, the trajectory Kondratyuk calculated that would take a spacecraft from the Earth to the Moon and back. In addition, NASA also adopted Kondratyuk’s concept of lunar orbit rendezvous for the Apollo flights.

IMAGE: Elena Schukina is the director of the Yu. V. Kondratyuk Scientific-Memorial Center in Novosibirsk, Russia. She will be accepting the Induction Nomination on behalf of Yuri Kondratyuk, who will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame

Elena Schukina is the director of the Yu. V. Kondratyuk Scientific-Memorial Center in Novosibirsk, Russia. She will be accepting the Induction Nomination on behalf of Yuri Kondratyuk, who will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame

On Saturday, October 18, Kondratyuk will be officially inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Nine years ago, he was nominated by Professor Vladimir Zarko and Elena Schukina, Director of the Yu. V. Kondratyuk Scientific-Memorial Center in Novosibirsk, Russia. Schukina will be on hand Saturday to accept the award on behalf of Kondratyuk, who went missing in action in 1942.

Originally a research worker, Schukina became the director of the City of Novosibirsk Museum more than ten years ago. During this time, the Kondratyuk Memorial Museum grew substantially and was reorganized in the city of Novosibirsk. The tasks and sphere of interests of the museum broadened to include photo exhibits and public projects, but the spirit of Kondratyuk remains a museum priority.

“We are delighted that Ms. Schukina will be attending the Induction Ceremony and accepting the award for Kondratyuk,” said Museum Director Chris Orwoll. “We hope this will provide an opportunity for collaboration between our museums, despite the great distances.”

The Induction Class of 2014 includes: X-15 pilot and Astronaut Major General Joe Engle (U.S. AF, ret.); NASA engineer John Houbolt; aerospace engineer Thomas Kelly; visionary Yuri Kondratyuk; SpaceX Founder Elon Musk; aerospace engineer Guenter Wendt; science fiction authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells; renowned aerospace engineer and designer of SpaceShipOne Burt Rutan; X PRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis; title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE and the first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansari; along with sole investor for SpaceShipOne and Stratolaunch Systems founder Paul Allen.

Induction Days will be held Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18. Activities will include: the Jules Verne & H.G. Wells Film Fest in the Tombaugh Theater on Oct. 16 & 17; a Pre-Induction Reception for Inductees and Distinguished Guests on the evening of Oct. 17; Founder’s Day Education Events from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Oct. 18, and the Induction Ceremony and Community Reception beginning at 4:00 pm on Oct. 18.

The International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF), an integral part of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, is the only institution that recognizes the accomplishments of the men and women worldwide who have contributed to man’s quest for space. Established in 1976, the ISHF follows strict criteria for Inductees and to date has honored 154 individuals and one team.

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