12th of April 2019
April 12 in Russia is one of the dreamiest, and, at the same time, the most scientific holidays: Cosmonautics Day!

On this very day, 58 years ago, the world's first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, flew around the globe in the Vostok-1 spacecraft.

This year, April 12 is an especially important holiday for us, as this time the IRS is held in the Kaluga region- homeland of the Russian cosmonautics, where Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a rocket science pioneer, worked as a school teacher. The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga is dedicated to his theoretical achievements and their practical implementations for modern space research.

Since 1961 a lot has changed. Now you can get into Earth orbit as a tourist, and photographs from space no longer surprise anyone. And one of the projects at IRS 2019 is based on the study of pictures taken from satellites.

While working on the project "Land Use of the Kaluga Region: A View from Space", young researchers will become familiar with Earth remote sensing technologies and geoportal technologies, learn about the possibilities of using Earth images from space to solve various problems.

They will select the area of interest within the Kaluga region, create historical and modern maps on the basis of archive satellite data and analyze changes in the state of agricultural lands of the selected area to answer the question: how has the area of overgrown agricultural lands changed?

Then, on the basis of the research results, they will try to offer options for the further use of the overgrown agricultural lands. Perhaps it is better to transfer them to the forest estate? Or solve the problem in any other way?

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