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Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) will launch a satellite to mark its 250th anniversary
"We hope to hear the calling signals of our satellite by January 25, 2005, St. Tatiana's Day," MGU rector Viktor Sadovnichy said at a press conference on Wednesday. According to him, the launch of the satellite named after St. Tatiana will be the highlight of the anniversary celebrations. The satellite's name coincided with traditions of our cosmonauts, Mr. Sadovnichy said. In his words, when Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, some engineer wrote his wife's name Tatiana on a frosted rocket. "The tradition has been observed since then and this name was written on carrier rockets before important starts," he continued. The rector did not specify the date of the University satellite's launch. "People working in this sphere are very superstitious and asked me not to announce it," he explained. The satellite will be launched by the Russian Space Troops from the Plesetsk space center, Viktor Sadovnichy said. "Equipment designed by MGU professors and students will be installed on the satellite to carry out space exploration," he noted. Moreover, a remote education program will be implemented on the satellite the rector added. In his words, the launch of the Tatiana satellite is financed by the University. The 250th anniversary of Moscow State University will be widely celebrated on January 25, 2005. This is a traditional students' holiday, St. Tatiana's Day. A fundamental MGU library with 5 million units will be opened on this day. The Kremlin Palace will host the anniversary gathering. All in all, over 800 events will be dedicated to the anniversary, including the opening of the MGU museum and the congress of Moscow University graduates, Viktor Sadovnichy said
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