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Russian cosmonaut Grechko visits Iran

Two Russian cosmonauts have come to Iran to celebrate the World Space Week, which highlights the contributions of space science and technology to life on Earth.

“Georgy Grechko, who has spent over 128 days in space on three spaceflights, has been invited by Iran’s Aerospace Research Institute along with another Russian cosmonaut,” said Mohammad Forouhar, who is the event planner in the Islamic Republic.

The cosmonauts have come to attend the 11th annual World Space Week in Iran, Mehr News Agency quoted Forouhar as saying on Thursday.

Born in Leningrad on May 25, 1931, Grechko became a cosmonaut in 1966.

In 1975, Grechko made his first spaceflight aboard Soyuz 17. The crew spent 30 days performing experiments in space. In 1977, he became the first cosmonaut to walk in space, repairing a manned vessel.

He made his third spaceflight aboard Soyuz T-14. The crew visited Salyut 7 for 8 days.

This week, organizations across the globe celebrate the World Space Week, which highlights the contributions of space science and technology to life on Earth.

The Space Age officially began 53 years ago when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite.

World Space Week is held every year from October 4-10 with coordinated events taking place around the globe.

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