Andreas Mogensen and Sergei Volkov to follow in the footsteps of Yuri Gagarin at Carlsberg

september 8, 2016

Yuri GagarinOn Saturday 3 September, cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and astronaut Andreas Mogensen will follow in the footsteps of Yuri Gagarin when the two space pilots will visit the Carlsberg Foundation at a closed event at Carlsberg Academy. Sergei Volkov, who was captain of last year's IRISS mission, has himself expressed the desire to mirror the visit paid by his famous compatriot.

On 7 September 1962, the world's first man in space, Russian Yuri Gagarin, visited Carlsberg. Among others, he brought his wife with him, and the visit offered both beer tasting, gift giving, a tour of the brewery and a welcome parade in an open vehicle around the Carlsberg site in Valby.

As in 1962, the event will therefore include beer tasting and a tour of various locations on the Carlsberg site. One of these locations is the test brewery where International Innovation Manager Jens Eiken will talk about the test brewery's research and development activities. Research Director at the Carlsberg Laboratory Birgitte Skadhauge will furthermore introduce Volkov and Mogensen to the story of the outstanding research effort behind Carlsberg Laboratory’s recent Rebrew of ‘The Father of Quality Lager’, which they will naturally have the opportunity to taste.

But the visit will also be about space, when Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, Flemming Besenbacher, will talk about the foundation's support to basic research, particularly to astrophysics and cosmology.

Andreas Mogensen’s and Sergei Volkov’s visit to the Carlsberg Foundation takes place in connection with the celebration of the one-year anniversary of the IRISS mission’s launch

Read more about the Carlsberg Foundation's more than 100-year-long support for Danish astronomy research.

On Friday 2 September, the National Museum will host the event “Space round-trip” with the participation of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Minister for Science and Education, Ulla Tørnæs.

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