On October 15, 2012, the USRCC Chair and Executive Director attended the official dedication of artworks in honor of Russian Cosmonaut Yuriy Gagarin and American Astronaut John Glenn.

The dedication, which was held at the first headquarters of NASA in Houston, was attended by Mayor Annise Parker, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Alexander Darchiev, Director of the North America Department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Galina Gagarina and Yuri Gagarin, daughter and grandson of Cosmonaut Gagarin, among others. The artworks were donated to the City of Houston in commemoration of the 50th anniversary in 2011 of Cosmonaut Gagarin’s orbit in space and the 50th anniversary in 2012 of Astronaut Glenn’s orbit in space. The gift of the artworks was made possible by the Moscow‐based International Charity Public Fund Dialogue of Cultures – United World and the Russkiy Mir Foundation of Russia. Mr. Ruslan Bayramov and Ms. Sophya Tabarovsky represented the donor organizations.

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