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First Hungarian Astronaut to be Honoured with Sculpture on Anniversary Celebration

Sára Kata 2020.08.22.

This year marked the 40th Anniversary of the first Hungarian astronaut’s mission, which made Hungary the 7th nation ever to send a person into space. Commemorating this special occasion, a sculpture of the first Hungarian astronaut is in the making.

On the 26th of May 1980 at 8:20 pm CET time, the Soyuz 36 space flight launched with Bertalan Farkas and Valeri Kubasov on board. The spaceship successfully docked on the 28th of May with the Salyut 6 space station, which was the 9th successful docking at the facility.

Bertalan Farkas in 2020. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Farkas always talks about his experience with detailed fascination.

Seeing Hungary for the first time from space, seeing the sunrise and the sunset. Then the cosmic night’s constellations, the mountains of South America, the beauty of Africa’s deserts, and the red sand-clouds covering India.”

Hungarian in Space: Gov't Plans to Follow in Bertalan Farkas' Legendary Footsteps
Hungarian in Space: Gov't Plans to Follow in Bertalan Farkas' Legendary Footsteps

At a European Space Agency ministerial conference, dubbed Space19+, in Seville yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, announced that Hungary plans to send an astronaut to space in 2024. The last – and only – Hungarian who was in space as a trained astronaut was Bertalan Farkas in 1980. Besides him, Charles […]Continue reading

The astronauts returned to Earth on the 3rd of June 1980 on board Soyuz 35, landing 140km away from the city of Zhezqazghan.

For the 40th Anniversary of the Mission, sculptor Lajos Kristóf is working on a bust about Bertalan Farkas. The work is yet-in-the-making, but the artist let the public take a glimpse at the parget version of the future sculpture.

Sculptor Lajos Kristóf with the sculpture. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Bertalan Farkas is a recipient of the Order of Security Grand Cross Honor, and he still plays a considerable role in popularising space research and travel in Hungary and around the world.

Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI