The Postal Stamp on Valentina Tereshkova was released at a function organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum on May 17, 2013.
The postal stamp was brought out by the Postal Department under My stamp Scheme in response to the request made by the RCSC. The stamp was released as part of the Festival CHAIKA being organised to mark the 50th Anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova’s Space Flight.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, Mr. K. C. Venugopal, inaugurated the meeting and officially released the stamp by handing over the same to the trained Astronaut Mr. P. Radhakrishnan. In his address, Mr. K. C. Venugopal said that the Soviet Union was one of the first countries which understood the significance of space technology. “Russia sent the first Sputnik to the orbit and the Dog Laika. Later, the First human being was sent to the outer space, and a professional cosmonaut was born thanks to the space expedition undertaken by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. After two years, the Soviet Union sent the first woman to space, and when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in the development of space technology, we should bow our head before the courage of Tereshkova.
During the cold war period, the USSR and America had engaged in a competition in space exploration, but today many countries co-operate in this sphere. This co-operation shows how the development of space technology influences the day-to-day life of human being. Russia helped India in launching the first satellite. Even today, Russian space agency is associating with Indian Space Research Organisation. I appreciate the Postal Department of India for bringing out Valentina Tereshkova’s Stamp under their My Stamp Scheme, and I congratulate the RCSC for taking the initiative and also organizing a month-long Festival to mark the historical event”, concluded Mr. K. C. Venugopal.
Accepting the stamp, the trained astronaut Mr. P Radhakrishnan said that Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova were considered as the most courageous man and woman on Earth. “Russia is serious about their space programme, and the Russian Government is investing a fair amount of money in building their new launching station”, said Mr. Radhakrishnan, who was supposed to be part of the Challenger Mission but could not fulfil the same as Challenger had crashed.
Assistant Post Master General Mr. R.V. Sreekanda Das delivered the key-note address. He also read out a message from Mrs .Sobha Koshy, Chief Post Master General. Mr. R.A.D. Pillai. Former Deputy Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre under Indian Space Research Organisation and Mr. D. Chandrasenan Nair, Secretary, Indo-Russian Friendship and Cultural Society, Travancore Chapter, also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation, and Director, RCSC in Trivandrum, presided over the function.