The ceremony was held on the eve of the 33rd Space Symposium at the evening devoted to the first space flight of the man. The event was held with the participation of the honorable guests:
Consul General of the Russian Federation Sergei Petrov,
Director of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Washington Oleg Zhiganov;
Director General of Roskosmos State Corporation Igor Komarov;
Deputy Director General of Roskosmos State Corporation for International Cooperation Sergey Saveliev;
Roskosmos Executive Director for manned space programs Sergei Krikalev;
Director of Museum Travis Schenk;
Members of the Coordinating Council of Organizations of Russian Compatriots in the United States, organizers and participants of the Symposium, representatives of the media and the public.
The Space Museum in Colorado Springs is developing and conducting research and educational space projects, including the organization of major business forums. The most significant among them is the annual Space Symposium, which gathers more than 9,000 professionals in the space industry this year, including delegates from Russia.
"I hope that the opening of the bust of Yuri Gagarin here in Colorado Springs is a great event not only for professionals, but also for the youth, which brings new energy and new ideas to the space industry," said I. A. Komarov.
The bust of Yuri Gagarin installed in the Space Museum of Colorado Springs became the fifth monument to the cosmonaut, donated by the Fund «Dialogue of Cultures - United World» to the American people. Earlier, the similar busts have already been installed in the Adler Planetarium (Chicago), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (New York), the National Air and Space Museum (Washington) and the statue placed next to the historical building of the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA (Houston). The Fund has installed over 30 busts and 4 monuments to the first cosmonaut of the Earth across the world.
The Fund “Dialogue of Cultures - United World” continues to implement the projects aimed at developing friendly humanitarian relations between the countries. The international activities of the Fund embrace 50 countries and more than 500 projects, including installation of monuments to prominent figures of culture, science, education, economics and national heroes all over the world. Many of these monuments can now be seen on the territory of the Cultural and Educational Tourist Center "ETNOMIR", the mail project of the Fund.