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the medal " is handed over the Cuban cosmonaut; For merits in outer space exploration "

Havana, 12 ijun - News, Oleg Vjazmitinov. the First Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamajo is awarded by a medal " For merits in outer space exploration " the award to the Cuban cosmonaut was handed over on the eve of Day of Russia by the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cuba Michael Kamynin, the correspondent of News broadcasts.

the Decree ABT rewarding of group of foreign cosmonauts and astronauts for the big contribution to development of the international cooperation in the field of piloted astronautics has been signed by the president of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev on April, 12th.

the medal has been handed over the Cuban cosmonaut during solemn reception in embassy of the Russian Federation in Cuba, taken place on the eve of Day of Russia.

Hardly more thirty years ago, from September, 18 till September, 26th, 1980, the Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamajo Mendes has made flight as the cosmonaut - the researcher by the spaceship " The union - 38 " and an orbiting station " Salute - 6 " together with the Soviet cosmonaut Yury Romanenko. Cosmonauts worked onboard an orbital complex seven days.

According to the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cuba Michael Kamynina, this flight became " one of brilliant pages in the history not only two countries, but also the whole world ". The Cuban cosmonaut, in turn, has noticed that considers this award as a recognition of merits of all of those who worked over the organisation of flight within the limits of the program " Interkosmos ".

As he said, flight became possible, giving thanks as to close interaction of the Soviet and Cuban parties, and a policy of the USSR, " nobly given possibility to participate in outer space exploration to the countries which do not have for this purpose own resources ".

In April of this year Tamajo has been awarded the order Friendship, an award to the Cuban cosmonaut has handed over vitse - the speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Ivan Melnikov.

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