Space News
space history and artifacts articles

space history discussion forums

worldwide astronaut appearances

selected space history documents

related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Events & Happenings
  Yuri Usachev event - Tampa this last Saturday

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Yuri Usachev event - Tampa this last Saturday
New Member


posted 04-19-2005 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for   Click Here to Email     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last Saturday I made the trek to Tampa (Florida) to see my "Bro from Ro" Yuri Usachev, and Dr. Alex Martynov speak at the Museum of Science and Industry. Am I ever glad I made the 3.5 hour drive. Mostly to see my dear friend Yuri, but the presentation alone was more than worth the drive. And the Museum itself was VERY nice! They do good work.

I was very disappointed at the turnout however. I'm not sure how it was advertised in the area, but with a base population in the immediate area of over 2-3+ million........

Anyway, they started out with Dr. Martynov. Alex is a very senior scientist with the Korolev institute, having started there in 1968. His expertise was sought for use in developing lunar landing methods, and then when they diverted from a lunar program, he became the go to guy for satellite landings on other terresterial bodies. He also did some major research into hurricanes - utilizing some methods in use by our NOAA today. Thats another story but he was very interested in my having gone through 2 storms, 1 being the largest (in square miles) in recorded history.

He began talking about the Korolev Institute and in a picture actually showed where his office is situated and invited all to stop in and visit him. Hes such a warm gent I believe he was sincere. He then went into their proposed Mars mission which was pretty neat to see the artist renderings and graphics. A 6 man crew, multi-national in nature (due to fiscal reasons) powered by 200 ion style engines. Pretty amazing stuff.

Yuri then took the stage and spoke about his MIR and ISS missions, and showed a personal DVD he made up. Pretty neat seeing him as a young man (with hair...) on MIR 15. He spoke about the usual, how do you go to the bathroom in space and of course someone asked if he ever saw a UFO (no but he keeps trying to)......etc. VERY nice and very interesting.

Here are some pictures:

This is Alex on the stage.

Afterwards they set up a table and signed freely - anything and everything, for about an hour.

If you missed it (and due to the turn out I'm confident you DID miss it) you missed quite an evening. It is sad they are not supported more in the US (Cosmonauts and Russian Scientists) - they had a wonderful presentation and VERY informative!



[This message has been edited by (edited April 19, 2005).]


Posts: 1657
From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Registered: May 2004

posted 04-19-2005 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thanks for the nice write-up. Having attended the lecture Alex Martynov and Alexander Volkov gave in Dundee last month I can only say that the people who did NOT turn out missed a very informative event.

At the Dundee event there were 300 seats in the University lecture theatre and I'd say that if 100 of them were filled they were lucky. IMHO its a near total apathy by the majority for anything Russian... if it had been a Mercury/Apollo astronaut it would more than likely be a different story.

Regards, Derek

Rob Joyner

Posts: 1292
From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 04-19-2005 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Al,
Sounds like a lot of Tampa missed out on a great event! Usachev is a very polite and easygoing guy. When I met him at the Air & Space Show last year, I told him he was my first cosmonaut and he replied something like, "Not THE first Yuri, but YOUR first Yuri!"


Posts: 2488
From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 04-19-2005 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Al -

I am so jealous! I took my Young Astronauts to MOSI on April 9th. We saw the new space exhibit, the IMAX and did a Challenger Learning Center Mission to Mars. Not once did anyone from MOSI let me know that one week later they were hosting a cosmonaut.
I guess when I book future field trips, I'll have to ask, "So are you having any special guests soon?" Lucky Dog!

New Member


posted 04-19-2005 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for   Click Here to Email     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Tim,

Yes I think MOSI did a terrible job of promoting it. I checked the Tampa Tribune for a week prior and nothing I could find and them not mentioning it to you was inexcusable.

And thats a shame, as MOSI is pretty nice - it certainly has a lot of potential.

Figuring it would not be advertised well I did post about it.

Yuri will be back - and of course I'll let everyone know again.

Funny story Rob! Yuris a funny guy too!


Edward Horsley
New Member


posted 04-20-2005 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edward Horsley   Click Here to Email Edward Horsley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

On the point of poor PA's for the cosmonauts.

In 2003 cosmonaut Alexander Alexandrov and Dr Martynov visited an observatory near my home town. So tried and chased for hours over the phone to get a ticket. Eventually got a call an hour or so before the event,but got there.
Whilst talking to Dr Martynov, he told me that they spent ALL DAY 400 yards from my house the day before. I contacted the people whom booked him,... reply...
" Do people really want to see a cosmonaut"?
My reply .. "Then why book him". Ah he was doing a tour of schools for FREE.

A couple of runs in the local rags will get a much greater turn out for these fasinating events.
Yuri U was the first space traveller I met in person in 2002. A tiny man in stature but MASSIVE personality.

Hope the people whom attended this meet had a good a time with these two as we did in the UK (Sunderland Dec 2002)

Eddie H

[This message has been edited by Edward Horsley (edited April 20, 2005).]

New Member


posted 04-20-2005 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capejeffs   Click Here to Email capejeffs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a story, Ed, right by your house! That was funny -- "Then why book him?"!!! This board has some humor on it, and irony from uncaring p.r. folks. Rob, you should've said to Yuri, oh, forget it then, you're not the one they named yuri's night after!

We were just very briefly at Orlando Science Ctr during nice odo visiting this weekend. Had never been to OSC. Out back of the ctr a big group of kids were trying out their freshly made, paper tube/aluminum foil rocket models -- and launching them by stomping on an air pump! An OSC birthday group, I think. As we were leaving, a beautiful quarter moon appropriately rising above museum.

BUT THANKS FOR THE PICS & ACCOUNT, AL, sounds like a nice space
trip ;-) you went on! How is this new MOSI space exhibit, I wonder. ( Tim: We learned out there that the building with your painting at KSC is, sadly, not open to public I guess. Maybe one day Renee & I could meet you at kscvc gift shop sometime, we'd love to see the painting one day, or maybe you'll be bringing ahof folks there? :-)


[This message has been edited by capejeffs (edited April 20, 2005).]


Posts: 2488
From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 04-20-2005 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The Center for Space Exploration is not open to the public anymore??? Yes- we'll plan sometime soon to meet there and I'll show it to you.


All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 All rights reserved.

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a