A Soviet monument dedicated to man's ventures into space was inaugurated at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday (20 July).
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CU US astronaut Anders in dark glasses
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CU(Left to Right) Anders, Minister of Culture for USSR. Nikolaiev.
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Background: A Soviet monument dedicated to man's ventures into space was inaugurated at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday (20 July). Soviet Minister for Culture, Mrs Ekaterina Furtseva, donated the monument as a gift from the Soviet Union.
Also in attendance were the American astronaut William Anders and Soviet cosmonaut Andrian Nikolaiev. The monument was due to be unveiled on 6 July, but was postponed at Soviet request because of the Soyuz-11 tragedy, in which three cosmonauts died.
Mrs Furtseva said the monument was a symbol that space exploration would be used for peaceful means and for the benefit of all humanity.
SYNOPSIS: At the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday, a Soviet monument to manned space, exploration was dedicated.
The monument features a tell obelisk coated in titanium, flanked by the stylised figure of a cosmonaut reaching out to space. The inscription reads that this monument is dedicated to man success in the conquest of space.
United States' astronaut William Anders was a special guest at the ceremony, as the Soviet delegation arrived to present the monument as gift from the Soviet Union.
The presence of cosmonaut Andrian Nikolaiev was a reminder that, in part, the monument was dedicated to the three cosmonauts who died in the recent tragedy of Soyuz-Eleven.
Soviet Minister for Culture. Mrs Furtseva, made the official dedication. She said the monument is a symbol that space exploration would be used for benefit of all humanity.