A flashmob #PatsayevMustLive at the Museum of the World Ocean celebrating the memorable date related to hoisting the national flag of the USSR on the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev takes place on November 24. This day in 1978, it was flown for the first time and the ex timber cargo vessel Semyon Kosinov set to space. It joined the legendary star flotilla and had operated as a ship for space communication until 2017. In 1978 to 1994, the vessel made 14 expeditions fulfilling tasks with spacecraft. It took part in all the Soviet and Russian space programmes. The vessel provided space communication with the orbit stations Salyut 6, Salyut 7 and Mir as well as with the spaceships Soyuz and Progress, with the space system Energiya-Buran. In 1995, the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev was transferred to the Russian Aerospace Agency and in 2001 it was moored at the Historic Fleet Embankment.   It joined the flotilla of the Museum of the World Ocean but still belonged to ROSKOSMOS.

Located on board the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev, the permanent exhibitions are devoted to our fellow-townsmen cosmonauts. The showcases feature personal belongings, commemorative signs and awards, family photographs. As well, one can see model spaceships, get to know about life on a research vessel in the 1980-1990s, see an original Apollo-Soyuz launch key, visit a pilot house and walk along the decks.  

Today the vessel’s fortune makes us worry. After it quit ROSKOSMOS the vessel became a sort of a “suitcase without a handle”. No agency is ready to take the vessel and repair it at the dock yet. Svetlana, Viktor Patsayev’s daughter, has recently addressed a petition to the president to decide the fate of the unique vessel. The memorable date is a great way to remind about the ship and the sad reality it is experiencing. This year we plan a flashmob to show how important it is not only to save the vessel but the history of the great Space Odyssey as well.

A solemn meeting near the vessel takes place on November 24 at 10 am.

We have already addressed colleagues from museums to support the campaign. They post information on their wep-pages and videos on their social media. We would be grateful if Kaliningrad citizens and those not indifferent to the vessel to join the flashmob. You can make a short video or photographs of the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev hashtagged #PatsayevMustLive. It is necessary to remind that there was an attempt to save another vessel, the R/V Georgi Dobrovolskii,   in the 2000s.  Alas, it failed and the vessel was gone. Today the R/V Kosmonavt Viktor Patsayev is not just the last ship left of the star flotilla but it is the only world’s vessel for space communication with a museum exhibition on aboard. It is listed in the register of the cultural heritage of Russia as a monument of culture, science and technology.

Saving the Patsayev, we save ourselves and our history.

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