Victor Gusev, TV host, sports commentator, member of the Russian Television Academy, shares about Tsiolkovsky’s genius, the dangerous feeling of zero gravity and his admiration for Yuri Gagarin in the «SPACE. STARS. OPINIONS» festival section.

💥) Did you dream of becoming a cosmonaut when you were a child?

"Never. All my childhood dreams were related to big-time sports, mainly to football. However, the seven-year old me was amazed to learn about Gagarin’s flight, just like the rest of the boys of my age. I actually heard the news while at the football field, during a game."

💥💥) What does space mean to you and what is the role of Tsiolkovsky in its exploration?

"Tsiolkovsky is a genius, and his impact is huge, but it’s hard for me to speak about it in detail. I am not an expert. To me personally, space is, first and foremost, a unique area for joining the forces of humanity, an enigmatic and endless territory that, luckily, doesn’t need to be divided. It is also a natural extension of my interest for science fiction books which I used to read a lot in my childhood."

💥💥💥) Would you like to star in a film about space flights and in-space adventures?

"It depends. Zero-gravity is not for me. I realized it while participating in an event by Channel 1 during which TV hosts were ‘launched into space’ in a free fall on board of a specially equipped airplane. I didn’t’t feel particularly well."

The Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival will be held in Kaluga on April 12-16, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the Government and the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga Region, Rossotrudnichestvo, the K.E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, The Russian Planetariums Association and other public and commercial organizations.