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29 April 2022

Detskoe Radio in space: International Space Station decorated with children’s drawings

Drawings made by the winners of the “Detskoe Radio in Space” competition were included in the exposition of the first ever Children’s Space Gallery on the International Space Station.

“Dear kids, Detskoe Radio listeners, our greetings from space! We received your drawings at the ISS and with your help created the first Children’s Space Gallery in history,” said the cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, Oleg Novitsky and Petr Dubrov. “Here we have pictures of space, and Yuri Gagarin, and Detskoe Radio in space. We are very pleased to receive such a wonderful gift from children from across the country, especially in honour of such a significant event - the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight in space.”

The cosmonauts thanked all children who took part in the creative competition, which was organised by Detskoe Radio and the Roscosmos state corporation, and also said that in addition to the drawings, the ISS received the flag of the most beloved radio station of all boys and girls. It was also placed in the first Children’s Space Gallery. A video message from the cosmonauts can be viewed on all Detskoe Radio social media accounts as well as its website
Russian ISS crew members signed the radio station’s flag with their autographs and all the drawings too. The children’s works were also marked with a special space seal so that they can be sent back to Earth to their creators. The young artists will receive their drawings in the fall, now with the ISS seal. This seal can only be placed on board the International Space Station - there is only one copy of it and it officially confirms that an object has been to space.

The Detskoe Radio in Space contest was created to help boys and girls who are dreaming about conquering space to turn their dreams into their first space-level achievements. The contest was one of the initiatives Roscosmos undertook to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight. It was precisely with his legendary call “Poekhali!” (Let’s Go!) that the era of manned space flights began.

About 3,000 drawings on the theme “We are in space!” were sent to Detskoe Radio from boys and girls across the country. These included the creations of four-year-old kids as well as high schoolers. The children pictured themselves as cosmonauts, drew space landscapes and came up with absolutely fantastic storylines. For example, they imagined meetings with aliens and spacecrafts of the future. One sketch even depicted a cat who was conquering the vast trajectories of the universe.

The 10 best drawings were then sent to the International Space Station onboard the Yu.A. Gagarin (Souz MS-18) spaceship from the Baikonur cosmodrome. These drawings made up the exposition of history’s first ever Children’s Space Gallery on the ISS.