During the ceremony Vice Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Sergei Kilin noted: “We must restore the contacts we had in the Soviet times. I would like people around you to understand the importance of your contributions.” He presented the awards to the cosmonauts for their considerable personal contributions to international cooperation in the area of space exploration.
The cosmonauts met with top officials of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and young scientists and discussed possible cooperation avenues. Researchers of the NAS of Belarus presented Belarusian R&D products in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles and biotechnologies. Peculiarities of operation of various kinds of equipment in space, possible applications of lactoferrin, medicine, and robot technology were discussed. In turn, the cosmonauts shared their vision of the future promotion of joint scientific projects and talked about peculiarities of introducing R&D products in the space industry.